Busty Bell Mine

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Antimony, Silver, Lead, Molybdenum, Tungsten, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002923
MRDS ID A015413
Record type Site
Current site name Busty Bell Mine

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.57101, 65.01023 (WGS84)
Location accuracy 1000(meters)
Relative position 12 MILES NORTH OF FAIRBANKS
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • USGS MF-413, LOC. 20. MINE ON DIVIDE BETWEEN FLUME, FOX, AND SEATTLE CREEKS, ABOUT 1.5 MILES NW OF PEDRO CAMP. LAND STATUS VALUE CALCULATED 6-94 USING GIS OVERLAY ANALYSIS WITH BLM 1:2,500,000 SCALE OWNERSHIP STATUS MAP (1991).

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Antimony Primary
Silver Primary
Lead Tertiary
Molybdenum Tertiary
Tungsten Tertiary
Zinc Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Molybdenite Ore
Powellite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Stibnite Ore
Tetrahedrite Ore

Alteration

  • (Local) Contact Zone Between Quartz Monzonite And Quartz Diorite Is Altered

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -147.57101, 65.01023

Comments on the geologic information

  • TRENCHING EXPOSED ROOF ZONE (?) OF QUARTZ MONZONITE PLUTONS, ROOF PENDANTS OF SILICIFIED SCHIST, AND AURIFEROUS QUARTZ STRINGERS AND VEINS. ALTERED ZONE 30 FT. WIDE IN BOTH SCHIST AND QUARTZ MONZONITE; BOTH ROCK TYPES SHEARED AND SILICIFIED, VEINS BORDER BOTH SIDES OF ALTERED ZONE IN SCHIST.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No

Mining district

District name Fairbanks

Comments on development

  • EARLY DEVELOPMENT IN 1911-12 AND POSSIBLY SOME GOLD MINED. SMALL-SCALE SURFACE PROSPECTING AND MINING IN 1950'S. SOME SURFACE AND UNDERGROUND EXPLORATION IN 1966-67.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015413

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS MF-413 (A-2), LOC. 20

  • Deposit

    USGS OF 324, P. 4-5, 9-10, 22-29

  • Deposit

    USGS PROF. PAPER 625-D, P. D13

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit SULFIDE-BEARING VEINS, GOLD-SULFIDE-QUARTZ VEINS, AND CONTIGOUS ROCKS IN SILICIFIED SHEAR ZONES IN GRANITIC ROCKS AND SCHIST ROOF PENDANTS CONTAIN ARGENTIFEROUS GALENA, STIBNITE, GOLD, PYRITE, SCHEELITE, POWELLITE, SPHALERITE, TETRAHEDRITE, AND POSSIBLY MOLYBDENITE. NW TRENDING VEINS FILL FISSURES INDUCED BY PEDRO DOME GRANITIC INTRUSIVE TO NE. SCHEELITE AND POWELLITE LIMITED TO THIN CALCITE VEINLETS AND COATINGS ALONG JOINTS AND FRACTURE PLANES.
Deposit MINE WAS OPERATED AS A TOURIST ATTRACTION IN 1973 AND PROBABLY OTHER YEARS. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-JUN-1987 Powers, M.T. (Huber, D.F.) U.S. Geological Survey
Editor 20-SEP-1994 Mosier, Dan U.S. Geological Survey PARSED OUT HOST ROCK AND ASSOCIATED ROCK TYPES, AGES, UNIT NAMES, AND UNIT AGES.