Unnamed (north of Kiwalik River)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002551
MRDS ID A013494
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (north of Kiwalik River)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -161.46333, 65.44939 (WGS84)
Relative position The occurrence is located 35 miles southeast of Candle and 1.9 miles southwest of peak 1680 on Weather Ridge. This is in section 25, T. 1 N., R. 14 W., of the Kateel River Meridian. Miller and Elliot (1969), figure 2, sample location 37.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Gold Ore
Pyrite Ore
Tourmaline Gangue


  • (Local) Carbonate-quartz replacement and tourmaline?

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Intermediate Volcanic Rock > Andesite
    Rock unit name Quartz Creek Pluton;
    Rock description Quartz Creek Pluton;

Nearby scientific data

(1) -161.46333, 65.44939

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This occurrence is located adjacent to the mid-Cretaceous Quartz Creek quartz monzonite, a hook-shaped pluton that intrudes Jurassic-Cretaceous andesitic volcanic rocks. The pluton is surrounded by a N 15 W-trending alteration zone about 18 miles long and 2 to 5 miles wide. The altered volcanic rocks are marked by carbonate-quartz replacement, and possibly by tourmaline. A sample of gossan at the contact between quartz monzonite and andesite contained 1 ppm Au, 3,000 ppm As, 300 ppm Cu and 150 ppm Pb (Miller and Elliott, 1969, location 37).
  • Age = Mid-Cretaceous or younger.

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 by the U.S. Geological Survey and examined by various exploration companies.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A013494
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CA018

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.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Miller and Elliott, 1969

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Sulfides in altered andesite.
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.

Reporter information

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