Unnamed (Arctic Creek)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001881
MRDS ID A012705
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (Arctic Creek)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -164.69146, 65.64544 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is on the ridge crest at the head of Arctic Creek, 3.8 miles southeast of Taylor on the Nome-Taylor road. Sainsbury and others (1969) report mineralization in marble outcrops just to the east of the road here. This is locality 3 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) Silica replacements of marble (?).

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Siltstone
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone

Nearby scientific data

(1) -164.69146, 65.64544

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Marble interlayered in pelitic schist forms outcrops just east of the Nome-Taylor road. Sainsbury and others (1969) describe replacements of marble by banded, fine-grained silica containing pyrite and traces of chalcopyrite. Although mapped as klippe by Sainsbury and others (1969), the marble is interlayered with schist and part of a low grade, Lower Paleozoic metasedimentary assemblage (Till and others, 1986).
  • Age = Unknown but possibly Cretaceous; the major episode of epigenetic mineralization on Seward Peninsula accompanied higher temperature metamophism and mid- to Late Cretaceous granitic plutonism in the region.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Kougarok

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Some shallow propecting pits may be present.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012705
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BN029

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., Kachadoorian, Reuban, Hudson, Travis, Smith, T.E., Richards, T.R., and Todd, W.E., 1969, Reconnaissance geologic maps and sample data, Teller A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1, B-2, B-3, C-1, and Bendeleben A-6, B-6, C-6, D-5, and D-6 quadrangles. Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 377, 49 p., 12 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1975, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Bendeleben quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 75-429, 123 p.

  • Deposit

    Till, A.B., Dumoulin, J.A., Gamble, B. ., Kaufman, D.S., and Carroll, P.I., 1986, Preliminary geologic map and fossil data, Soloman, Bendeleben, and southern Kotzebue quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 86-276, 10 p., 3 plates, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Bendeleben quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-417, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Sainsbury and others, 1969

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Siliceous zones in marble with pyrite and traces of chalcopyrite

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 15-MAR-1999 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology