Alice & Bessie

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Mercury, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002498
MRDS ID A013437
Record type Site
Current site name Alice & Bessie
Alternate or previous names Parks
Related records 10209966

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -157.3448, 61.8005 (WGS84)
Relative position Claim group is on the N bank of the Kuskokwim River approximately 0.35 miles (0.55 km) SW of the mouth of Parks Creek; accurate to within 1,000 ft (300 m).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Mercury Primary
Antimony Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Gangue = ankeritic dolomite
  • Ore Material = Mercury (native)
  • Ore Material = native mercury

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore
Stibnite Ore
Mercury Ore
Calcite Gangue
Dolomite Gangue
Hematite Gangue
Limonite Gangue
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Dikes/sills altered to quartz, carbonate minerals, clay, and limonite.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 178
USGS model code 27b
BC deposit profile E01
Deposit model name Almaden Hg

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Siltstone
    Rock unit name Kuskokwim;Kuskokwim;;
    Rock description Kuskokwim;Kuskokwim;;

Nearby scientific data

(1) -157.3448, 61.8005

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Mineralization consists of cinnabar, lesser stibnite, and minor pyrite in a gangue of quartz, carbonate, and clay. Mineralized veins, up to 1 ft (0.3 m) thick and 50 ft (15 m) long, are localized in fractures and along bedding-plane faults in Kuskokwin Group graywacke and shale cut by hydrothermally altered sills and dikes.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Aniak

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Total = 175 flasks of mercury by the end of 1961 (Malone, 1965).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = 525 ft (160 m) adit, 240 ft (73 m) drift, 45 ft (14 m) deep inclined shaft, several vertical shafts, 19 trenches, open cuts.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A013437
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF SM023

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1917, The Lake Clark-central Kuskokwim region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 655, 192 p.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1938, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1936: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 897-A, p. 1-107.

  • Deposit

    Webber, B.S., Bjorklund, S.C., Rutledge, F.A., Thomas, B.I., and Wright, W.S., 1947, Mercury deposits of southwestern Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Report of Investigations 4065, 57 p.

  • Deposit

    Cady, W.M., Wallace, R.E., Hoare, J.M., and Webber, E.J., 1955, The central Kuskokwim region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 268, 132 p.

  • Deposit

    Jasper, M.W., 1961, Cinnabar province, Kuskokwim region: Alaska Division of Mines and Minerals, Report for the Year 1961, p. 65-79.

  • Deposit

    Malone, Kevin, 1962, Mercury occurrences in Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Circular 8131, 57 p.

  • Deposit

    Malone, Kevin, 1965, Mercury in Alaska, in Mercury potential of the United States: U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 8252, p. 31-59.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L. and MacKevett, E.M., Jr., 1965, Quicksilver deposits of southwestern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1187, 89 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Sleetmute quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-368, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Dillingham, Sleetmute, and Taylor Mountain quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-606, 92 p.

  • Deposit

    Meyer, M.P., 1985, Mineral investigation of the Iditarod-George planning block, central Kuskokwim River area, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 9-85, 232 p., 4 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Rytuba, J.J., 1986, Descriptive model of Almaden Hg, in Cox, D.P., and Singer, D.A., eds. Mineral Deposit Models: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1693, p. 180.

  • Deposit

    Miller, M.L., Belkin, H.E., Blodgett, R.B., Bundtzen, T.K., Cady, J.W., Goldfarb, R.J., Gray, J.E., McGimsey, R.G., and Simpson, S.L., 1989, Pre-field study and mineral resource assessment of the Sleetmute quadrangle, southwestern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 89-363, 115 p., 3 plates, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Dillingham, Sleetmute, and Taylor Mountains quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-606, 92 p.

  • Deposit

    Jasper, Martin, 1961, Cinnabar province, Kuskokwim region, in Williams, J.A., Report of the Alaska Division of Mines and Minerals Report for the Year 1961: Alaska Division of Mines and Minerals Annual Report, p. 65-79.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1917, The Lake Clark-central Kuskokwim region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 655, 162 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Sainsbury and MacKevett, 1965, p.11-15

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Epithermal vein and disseminated mercury-antimony
Deposit Other Comments = Veins are as rich as those at Red Devil deposit, but not as wide or continuous (Sainsbury and MacKevett, 1965, p. 15).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 02-JUN-94 Huber, D.F. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 02-JUN-94 Niles, L.P. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 02-JUN-94 Miller, M.L. U.S. Geological Survey