Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Copper, Molybdenum, Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001678
MRDS ID A012457
Record type Site
Current site name Rex
Related records 10209457

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -157.08638, 57.25432 (WGS84)
Relative position The Rex prospect is located approximately 8 miles northeast of Mother Goose Lake in sec. 12, T. 34 S., R. 49 W., of the Seward Meridian (MacKevett and Holloway, 1977, locality 2; Nokleberg and others, 1987, locality AP 13; Church and others, 1989: MF-1539I, locality 2). Site location is accurate to within 1/2 mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Copper Primary
Molybdenum Secondary
Lead Secondary
Zinc Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Gold Ore
Molybdenite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Barite Gangue
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) This prospect exhibits zoned potassic, phyllic, and propylitic alteration.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 78
USGS model code 20c
Deposit model name Porphyry Cu-Au
Mark3 model number 34

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -157.08638, 57.25432

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = At the Rex prospect, sedimentary rocks of the Cretaceous Chignik and Eocene Tolstoi Formations are cut by an Oligocene porphyritic quartz diorite stock (Church and others, 1989: B-1858). The site is marked by a color anomaly and by copper, molybdenum, lead, zinc, silver, gold and tungsten stream-sediment anomalies. Panned concentrates taken in the vicinity of the prospect contain free gold.? Chalcopyrite and molybdenite are present mostly in a zone of potassic alteration which occurs over an area of 1 mile square within the stock (Church and others, 1989: B-1858). The chalcopyrite occurs as disseminations and in stockwork fractures, whereas the molybdenite is locally present only in the stockwork fractures. Sampling by Bear Creek Mining Company indicated a small area containing 1350 to 3900 ppm copper and 26 to 56 ppm molybdenum (Hedderly-Smith, 1977). In a separate? area he describes a 500-foot wide zone containing 0.2 to 0.25 percent copper. Elsewhere values of 500 to 1000 ppm copper were found sporadically. Gold values, up to 0.37 ppm, were coincident with the higher copper values. Float samples of intrusive with secondary potassium feldspar and tourmaline contained 0.2 to 0.25 percent copper. Scattered galena and sphalerite are present in the altered rocks peripheral to the copper mineralization. Occasional anomalies of 40 to 60 ppm lead and 100 to 300 ppm zinc have been detected (Hedderly-Smith, 1977). Pyrite is present in the mineralized zone and in the surrounding altered sedimentary rocks in amounts up to 10 percent.? Beyond the potassic mineralized zone, defined by the presence of seondary biotite, some phyllic alteration has developed. The dominant alteration at this prospect is propylitic and is present in the sedimentary rocks surrounding the stock.
  • Age = Oligocene or younger.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Alaska Peninsula

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = This prospect was originally identified in 1975 by Resource Associates of Alaska in the basis of the color anomaly and a stream-sediment survey (Hedderly-Smith, 1977).? Bear Creek Mining Company did extensive mapping and sampling at the Rex prospect in 1977 (Church and others, 1989: B-1858). A small area in the intrusive was found to contain 1350 to 3900 ppm copper and 26 to 56 ppm molybdenum (Hedderly-Smith, 1977). In a separate(?) 500-foot wide zone, copper values of 0.2 to 0.25 percent were reported. Elsewhere in the intrusive, sporadic copper values of 500 to 1000 ppm were indicated. Gold values up to 0.37 ppm were found to be coincident with the higher copper values. The average copper, gold, and molybdenum values are not available.? In the 1980's the U.S. Geological Survey did a silt and rock geochemical survey which included the area around this prospect (Church and others, 1989: B-1858).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012457
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF UG002

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Nokleberg, W.J., Bundtzen, T.K., Berg, H.C., Brew, D.A., Grybeck, D.J., Robinson, M.S., Smith, T.E., and Yeend, W., 1987, Significant metalliferous lode deposits and placer districts of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1786, 104 p.

  • Deposit

    Church, S.E., Detterman, R.L., and Wilson, F.H., 1989, Mineral and energy resource assessment maps of the Ugashik, Bristol Bay, and western Karluk quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF 1539-I, 2 map sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Church, S.E., Frisken J.G., Wilson, F.H., 1989, Interpretation of exploration geochemical data from Ugashik, Bristol Bay, and western Karluk quadrangles, Alaska: U.S Geological Survey Bulletin 1858, 45 p.

  • Deposit

    Wilson, F.H., and Shew, N., 1992, Map and tables showing geochronology and whole rock geochemistry of selected samples from Ugashik, Bristol Bay, and part of Karluk quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Map MF-1539-E, 34 p., 1 map sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous mineral deposits in the western part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-F, 38 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.

  • Deposit

    Hedderly-Smith, D.A., 1977, 1977 Annual report, Alaska search, Koniag Inc. region: Bear Creek Mining Company, Spokane Office, 23 p. (Report held by Kennecott Alaska, Anchorage).

  • Deposit

    Eakins, G.R., Bundtzen, T.K., Robinson, M.S., Clough, J.G., Green, C.B., Clautice, K.H., and Albanese M.A., 1983, Alaska's mineral industry, 1982: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Special Report 31, 63 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Hedderly-Smith, 1977

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Porphyry copper-gold (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 20c)
Deposit Other Comments = This prospect is located on land selected by the Koniag Native Corporation.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-FEB-2000 S.H. Pilcher U.S. Geological Survey