Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Silver, Copper, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002800
MRDS ID A015269
Record type Site
Current site name Prometheus

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.00795, 64.8741 (WGS84)
Relative position The Prometheus prospect is located in the NW1/4 sec. 32, T. 1 N., R. 2 W, Fairbanks Meridian. The Prometheus shaft is at an elevation of approximately 1,500 feet, just northwest of the Wandering Jew mine (FB042). The exact location is uncertain, but it is about 1.5 miles east-southeast of the top of Ester Dome on the basis of the description by Hill (1933, p. 121,148). The prospect is included in locality 14 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410]).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Silver Secondary
Copper Secondary
Antimony Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Covellite Ore
Gold Ore
Jamesonite Ore
Stibnite Ore
Tetrahedrite Ore


  • (Local) Some Rocks Have Greenish-Yellow Antimony Oxide Stain.

Nearby scientific data

(1) -148.00795, 64.8741

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = By 1913, a 60-foot shaft was sunk on an 8-foot-wide quartz vein that carried stibnite and disseminated sulfides; visible gold was reported to be fairly common (Smith, 1913 [B 525, p. 208]; Hill, 1933, p. 148). Samples from the dump contained two generations of quartz cut by fine veinlets of stibnite; some rocks have the greenish-yellow antimony-oxide stain (Chapin, 1914, p. 355). When visited in 1931, the Prometheus shaft was filled with water (Hill, 1933, p. 148). Surface exposures of the vein indicated that it trended N. 40 E. The ore on the dump consisted of white quartz cut by later veinlets of gray quartz with sulfides (Hill, 1933, p. 148). A grab sample from this ore pile assayed $9.52 in gold and silver and contained 6.4 ounces of silver per ton (Hill, 1933, p. 148). The sulfides include arsenopyrite, jamesonite, covellite, chalcopyrite, and tetrahedrite (Hill, 1933, p. 148; Chapman and Foster, 1969, p. D18).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Fairbanks

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = No information is available.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = By 1913, a 60-foot shaft had been sunk on an auriferous quartz vein (Smith, 1913, p. 208).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015269
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF FB041

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1913, Lode mining near Fairbanks, in Prindle, L.M., A geologic reconnaissance of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 525, p. 153-216.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1913, Lode mining near Fairbanks: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 542-F, p. 137-202.

  • Deposit

    Chapin, Theodore, 1914, Lode mining near Fairbanks, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 592-J, p. 321-355.

  • Deposit

    Hill, J.M., 1933, Lode deposits of the Fairbanks District, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 849-B, p. 29-163.

  • Deposit

    Killeen, P.L., and Mertie, J.B., 1951, Antimony ore in the Fairbanks District, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 51-46, 43 p.

  • Deposit

    Chapman, R.M., and Foster, R.L., 1969, Lode mines and prospects in the Fairbanks district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 625-D, 25 p., 1 plate.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-410, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-662, 174 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Hill, 1933

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Schist-hosted gold-quartz vein

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 J.R. Guidetti Schaefer Avalon Development Corporation
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 C.J. Freeman Avalon Development Corporation