Unnamed (southeast of Driest Point)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Barium-Barite, Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001613
MRDS ID A012377
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (southeast of Driest Point)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -131.5937, 55.17085 (WGS84)
Relative position This site represents 5 occurrences along about a half-mile of the south shoreline of the west-trending peninsula that separates Sylburn Harbor from Port Chester. The occurrences are in sections 9 and 29, T. 77 S., R. 92 E., of the Copper River Meridian, between 0.5 and 0.9 mile from Driest Point. The map coordinates are for their approximate midpoint. The site corresponds to loc. 16 in Berg (1972 [I 684]), loc. 135 in Elliott and others (1978), and loc. 23a-e in Karl (1992). The location is accurate within about 0.1 mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Barium-Barite Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Barite Ore
Galena Ore
Pyrite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Calcite Gangue
Hematite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Triassic

Nearby scientific data

(1) -131.5937, 55.17085

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area of this site are recrystallized, Upper Triassic carbonate and clastic rocks, rhyolite, and basalt (Berg, 1972). The rocks are folded and faulted, and intruded by rhyolite dikes. All were regionally metamorphosed to greenschist-grade phyllite and semischist in Late Cretaceous time.? the mineral occurrences consist of quartz-calcite-barite(-hematite) veins up to 6 feet thick that contain galena and sphalerite, and extend at least 60 feet inland from tidewater (Karl, 1992, loc. 23). The veins are hosted by dolomitic conglomerate and brecciated rhyolite. Rhyolite dikes up to 60 feet thick cut the conglomerate and also intrude the veins. Samples of variously mineralized veins and bedded rocks contained up to 20 ppm Ag, more than 2% Pb, 1500 ppm Zn; and more than 5000 ppm Ba (Karl, 1992, loc. 23a-e).
  • Age = Veins hosted by Upper Triassic strata and cut by a rhyolite dike may be Late Triassic in age; veins that postdate the dike may be Late Cretaceous or younger.
  • Age = Host rock is Late Triassic.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Both metallic and non-metallic

Mining district

District name Ketchikan

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Samples of variously mineralized veins and bedded rocks contained up to 20 ppm Ag, more than 2% Pb, 1500 ppm Zn; and more than 5000 ppm Ba (Karl, 1992, loc. 23a-e).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012377
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF KC138

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., 1972, Geologic map of Annette Island, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Geologic Investigations Map I-684, 8 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360,

  • Deposit

    Elliott, R.L., Berg, H.C., and Karl, Susan, 1978, map and table describing metalliferous and selected nonmetalliferous mineral deposits, Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report, 78-73-B,17 p., scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Karl, S.M., 1992, Map and table of mineral deposits on Annette Island, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-690, 57 p., 1 map, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Karl, 1992

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 06-JUL-1999 H.C. Berg U.S. Geological Survey