Unnamed (near VABM 592, south of Banner Peak)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Lead, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002005
MRDS ID A012850
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (near VABM 592, south of Banner Peak)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.44021, 64.56372 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is at an elevation of 400 to 500 feet on the southwest flank of Banner Peak. It is about 800 feet southwest of VABM 592 in the east-central part of section 3, T. 11 S., R. 34 W., Kateel River Meridian. It is locality 28 of Hummel (1962 [MF-247]).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Lead Secondary
Antimony Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Pyrite Ore
Stibnite Ore
Albite Gangue
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) Albitization.

Mineral occurrence model information

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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.44021, 64.56372

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Hummel (1962 [MF 247]) described old prospect pits south of Banner Peak near hill elevation 592 that contained lead- and antimony-bearing minerals, presumably galena and stibnite. The area was included in a soil geochemical survey conducted by BHP in 1990 and was anomalous in arsenic and gold. Drilling and trenching in 1992 by Newmont Mining Company identified replacement masses of tabular albite almost pegmatoid in appearance. These masses contained arsenopyrite and assayed as much as 0.25 ounce of gold per ton in zones as much as 5 feet thick. The masses appear to be podiform, and continuity was not demonstrated. They resemble the albitic replacement deposits at Alpha Ridge (NM171), Goodluck Gulch (NM202), and the Walsh Cut (NM214) at Rock Creek. Country rock in the area south of Banner Peak is mainly graphitic schist and quartzite (Bundtzen and others, 1994).
  • Age = Mid-Cretaceous or younger; superimposed on schist metamorphosed during the mid-Cretaceous.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Old exploration pits and trenches are of pre-1920 vintage. A soil geochemical survey was completed in 1990 by BHP, and trenching and drilling was done in 1992 by Newmont Mining Company.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012850
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM232

Bibliographic references

  • 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

    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 = This report

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Albitic replacements in schist; allied to 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