Unnamed (on Weather Ridge)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Lead

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002540
MRDS ID A013483
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (on Weather Ridge)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -161.44333, 65.48939 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is at an elevation of about 1,750 feet, 0.2 miles southeast of point 1453 on Weather Ridge. The site is in section 18, T. 1 N., R. 13 W., of the Kateel River Meridian. Cobb, 1972 (MF-389), location 9, and Miller and Elliott (1969), figure 2, sample location 22.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Lead Primary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Ore Material = argentiferous galena

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Silver Ore
Galena Ore
Calcite Gangue
Quartz Gangue
Tourmaline Gangue


  • (Local) Quartz-carbonate replacement and tourmaline.

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Intermediate Volcanic Rock > Andesite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Intermediate Volcanic Rock > Andesite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -161.44333, 65.48939

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This occurrence consists of a galena-bearing calcite vein 1 foot thick that cuts Jurassic-Cretaceous altered andesitic volcanic rocks near the contact with quartz monzonite of the Late Cretaceous Quartz Creek pluton. The alteration is marked by quartz-carbonate replacement, and tourmaline (also see Additional comments). A grab sample of the vein contained: 20 ppm Ag, 200 ppm Cu, 1.5% Pb, and 700 ppm Zn (Miller and Elliott, 1969).
  • Age = Late 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 Fairhaven

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The area has been mapped and examined by the U.S. Geological Survey and by various exploration companies.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A013483
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CA022

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Miller, T.P., and Elliott, R.L., 1969, Metalliferous deposits near Granite Mountain, eastern Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 614, 19 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1973, Placer deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1374, 213 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Candle, Holy Cross, Norton Bay, Nulato, and Unalakleet quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-866, 102 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Candle Quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-389, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Miller and Elliott, 1969

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Sulfides in altered quartz monzonite.
Deposit Other Comments = This site is one of numerous occurrences of argentiferous galena, sphalerite, pyrite and arsenopyrite in an 18-mile-long, 2- to 5-mile-wide zone of altered andesite surrounding the Quartz Creek quartz monzonite pluton. The altered zone trends N 15 W, across the drainage basins of Quartz Creek and the Kiwalik River, parallel to prominent lineaments in the area.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 12-JAN-00 Williams, Anita U.S. Geological Survey