Puale Bay

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Copper, Silver, Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001680
MRDS ID A012459
Record type Site
Current site name Puale Bay
Alternate or previous names Cold Bay
Related records 10282400

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -155.70251, 57.79936 (WGS84)
Relative position This site is located approximately 4 miles west of Puale Bay in T. 28 S., R. 39 W., of the Seward Meridian (Berg and Cobb, 1967, figure 1, locality 1; Cobb, 1972, MF 459, locality 1; MacKevett and Holloway, 1977, locality 1; Church and others, 1989, MF 1539 I, locality 8). This site location is accurate to within several miles.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Silver Secondary
Gold Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -155.70251, 57.79936

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Berg and Cobb (1967, p. 7) report that in 1920 samples were collected from chalcopyrite lenses which could be traced for 1 mile. Two samples assayed up to 0.31 ounce per ton gold, 8.1 ounces per ton silver, and 24.4 percent copper. Bedrock in this area consists of Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous sedimentary units of the Naknek formation. The deposit type is unknown but may be a polymetallic vein controlled by a contact zone of an unmapped dike or sill.

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 = Samples collected and analyzed.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012459
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF KR001

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., and Cobb, E.H., 1967, Metalliferous Lode Deposits of Alaska. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1246, 254 p.

  • Deposit

    U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1973, Alaska 1:250,000-scale quadrangle map overlays showing mineral deposit locations, principal minerals, and number and type of claims: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 20-73, 95 overlays (updated in 1986, 1987).

  • 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

    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

    Cobb, E.H., 1979, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Afognak, Karluk, Kodiak, and Trinity Islands quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 79-860, 49 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Karluk quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-459, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Berg and Cobb, 1967

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic vein ? (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c).
Deposit Other Comments = This site is located within Becharof Natural Wildlife Refuge.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 16-AUG-1998 S.H. Pilcher U.S. Geological Survey