Bursik and Kern (King Mountain)

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001984
MRDS ID A012828
Record type Site
Current site name Bursik and Kern (King Mountain)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.35021, 64.59539 (WGS84)
Relative position Prospects developed by Bursik and Kern (Mertie, 1918, p. 429) are on the south and southwestern slopes of King Mountain in upper Anvil Creek and extending southeastward toward Dexter. The map location is at an elevation of 750 feet in the north-central part of section 30, T. 10 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian. The site corresponds to locality 45 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]), and locality 6 of Cathcart (1922, p. 238 and figure 18).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Limonite Ore
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) Bleaching of marble and oxidation.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 273
USGS model code 36a
Deposit model name Low-sulfide Au-quartz vein
Mark3 model number 27

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Schist > Mica Schist
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Marble

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.35021, 64.59539

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Eight claims owned by Bursik and Kern were located on the west and southwest flank of King Mountain (Mertie, 1918 [B 662-I, p. 429]; Cathcart, 1922, locality 6, figure 18). On the claims, bleached (?) marble probably contains lenses of white quartz, and iron-stained quartz and schist were reported in shallow shafts. The owners of the property reported that more than 100 assays from an 85-foot shaft ranged from 2.50 to 3.75 dollars per ton (about 0.125 to 0.175 ounce of gold per ton). Cathcart (1922, p. 238) found only a little mineralized schist and marble in a cut; no assays were made. The Anvil Creek fault transects the area nearby. This fault is a through-going, high-angle structure that juxtaposes different types of graphitic schist in this area (Hummel, 1962 [MF 247]). Bedrock at the prospect is mostly graphitic schist probably of early Paleozoic protolith age (Hummel, 1962 [MF 247]; Sainsbury, Hummel, and Hudson, 1972 [OFR 72-326]; Till and Dumoulin, 1994; Bundtzen and others, 1994).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = One 85-foot shaft (at an elevation of 700 feet), a 20-foot adit (at an elevation of 900 feet), and shallow shafts or pits were dug by Bursik and Kern before 1916 (Mertie, 1918 [B 662-I, p. 429]). More recent work has probably not been done in this area.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012828
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM237

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cathcart, S.H., 1922, Metalliferous lodes in southern Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 722, p. 163-261.

  • Deposit

    Hummel, C.L., 1962, Preliminary geologic map of the Nome C-1 quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-247, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., Hummel, C.L., and Hudson, Travis, 1972, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Nome quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 72-326, 28 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-463, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File report 78-93, 213 p.

  • Deposit

    Till, A.B., and Dumoulin, J.A, 1994, Geology of Seward Peninsula and St. Lawrence Island, in Plafker, G., and Berg, H.C., eds., The Geology of Alaska: Geological Society of America, The Geology of North America, DNAG, v. G-1, p. 141-152.

  • Deposit

    Bundtzen, T.K., Reger, R.D., Laird, G.M., Pinney, D.S., Clautice, K.H., Liss, S.A., and Cruse, G.R., 1994, Progress report on the geology and mineral resources of the Nome mining district: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Public Data-File 94-39, 21 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Mertie, 1918

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Low-sulfide Au-quartz veins? (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Hawley, C.C. Hawley Resource Group
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Travis L. Hudson Hawley Resource Group