Unnamed (on north side of Dillon Creek)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Copper, Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001938
MRDS ID A012772
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (on north side of Dillon Creek)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -163.77027, 65.22128 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is on the crest of a narrow ridge on the north side of Dillon Creek at an elevation of about 1,700 feet. Dillon Creek is a west headwater tributary of Pargon River. This is locality 80 of Gamble (1988).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Copper Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Azurite Ore
Bornite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Malachite Ore


  • (Local) Oxidation of sulfides has occurred.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 60
USGS model code 18c
Deposit model name Skarn Zn-Pb
Mark3 model number 22
Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Felsic Volcanic Rock > Rhyolite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Felsic Volcanic Rock > Rhyolite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -163.77027, 65.22128

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Gossan float from near calc-silicate hornfels outcrops contains azurite, bornite (?), chalcopyrite, and malachite. Two grab samples contain 100 ppm Ag each, 700 and 110 ppm Cd, greater than 2 % Pb, 3.4 % and 8,000 ppm Zn, and 12 and 14 ppm Sb (Gamble, 1988). There is also some malachite staining in a felsic dike near this locality (Briskey, 1983). This occurrence, and several others in this part of the Bendeleben A-4 quadrangle, are in high grade metamorphic rocks that are structurally above or peripheral to the crosscutting Pargon pluton. The Pargon pluton is mostly granodiorite and assumed to be Cretaceous in age (Till and others, 1986). It was emplaced at shallower depths than the more deep-seated Bendeleben pluton to the east. The metamorphic rocks peripheral to the western Pargon pluton are also intruded by small, felsic dikes and plugs including quartz porphyry and muscovite granite.
  • Age = Cretaceous; this occurrence is probably related to emplacement of the Pargon pluton which is assumed to be Cretaceous in age.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Council

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = No workings are known at this locality.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012772
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BN129

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Briskey, J.A., 1983, Summary of field observations on Seward Peninsula mineral deposits: U.S. Geological Survey, unpublished administrative report, 34 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

    Gamble, B.M., 1988, Non-placer mineral occurrences in the Solomon, Bendeleben, and southern part of the Kotzebue quadrangles, western Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Map MF-1838-B, 13 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Gamble, 1988

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Zn-Pb skarn? Polymetallic vein ? (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 18c or 22c ?)
Deposit Model Number = 18c ?, 22c ?

Reporter information

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