Quartz Creek Lead-Silver Occurrence

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002535
MRDS ID A013478
Record type Site
Current site name Quartz Creek Lead-Silver Occurrence

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -161.40167, 65.53384 (WGS84)
Elevation 168
Location accuracy 500(meters)
Relative position ABOUT 31 MI. SE OF CANDLE; ON QUARTZ CREEK
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • USGS MF-389, LOC. 5; USGS CIRCULAR 614, FIG. 2, LOC. 12. LAND STATUS VALUE CALCULATED 6-94 USING GIS OVERLAY ANALYSIS WITH BLM 1:2,500,000 SCALE OWNERSHIP STATUS MAP (1991).

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Lead Primary
Gold Tertiary
Zinc Tertiary
Copper Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Feldspar Gangue
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue
Tourmaline Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Hydrothermal Sericite-Tourmaline Alteration Along Closely Spaced Fractures.

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic)
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Ultramafic Intrusive Rock > Hornblendite
    Rock unit name Quartz Creek Pluton
    Rock description Quartz Creek Pluton

Nearby scientific data

(1) -161.40167, 65.53384

Comments on the geologic information

  • HOOK-SHAPED QUARTZ MONZONITE QUARTZ CREEK PLUTON IS SURROUNDED BY ALTERED ZONE IN VOLCANIC ROCKS. FINE-GRAINED BIOTITE-HORNBLENDE QUARTZ MONZONITE ALTERED TO QUARTZ-FELDSPAR-TOURMALINE ROCK.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1968
Discoverer Usgs (Miller, Elliott, And Others)

Mining district

District name Fairhaven

Comments on the workings information

  • NONE

Comments on development

  • QUARTZ CREEK AREA WAS PLACER MINED 1927-1940, BUT APPARENTLY LODE DEPOSITS WERE NOT DISCOVERED UNTIL 1968 BY USGS.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A013478

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS MF-389, LOC. 5 (1972).

  • Deposit

    USGS CIRCULAR 614, P. 4-7, 16-18, FIG. 2, SAMPLE LOCS. 11, 12 (1969).

  • Deposit

    USGS OF 76-866, P. 47-48 (1976).

  • Other Database

    BAG-MF-389-5

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit SULFIDE-BEARING TOURMALINE-QUARTZ ROCK IN ALTERED QUARTZ MONZONITE PLUTON CONTAINS DISSEMINATED GRAAINS AND MASSES OF GALENA, SPHALEEERITE, PYRITE, AND ARSENOPYRITE.
Deposit NUMEROUS OCCURRENCES OF ARGENTIFEROUS GALENA, SPHALERIATE, PYRITE, ARSENOPYRITE IN ALTERED ZONE 18 MI. LONG AND 2-5 MI. WIDE SURROUNDING QUARTZ CREEK PLUTON; EXTENDING N 15 DEGREES ACROSS DRAINAGE BASIN OF QUARTZ CREEK. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Deposit THIS SITE NAME WAS CREATED BY THE REPORTER OR OTHER USGS EMPLOYEE BASED ON PROXIMITY TO SOME MAJOR GEOGRAPHIC FEATURE.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-AUG-87 Niles, L.P. (Huber, D.F.) U.S. Geological Survey
Editor 14-SEP-94 Waller, Nichelle (Mosier, Dan) U.S. Geological Survey PARSED OUT HOST ROCK AND ASSOCIATED ROCK TYPES, AGES, UNIT NAMES, AND UNIT AGES.