Beaver Inlet, Erskine Bay, Kisselem Bay

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003275
MRDS ID A106018
Record type Site
Current site name Beaver Inlet, Erskine Bay, Kisselem Bay

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -166.58572, 53.72411 (WGS84)
Relative position Point of land separating Erskine Bay and Kisselem Bay, Beaver Inlet. Anomaly no. 11 of Christie (1974).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Silver Primary
Gold Primary
Zinc Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Pyrite Ore
Chlorite Gangue


  • (Local) Chlorite is the only alteration phase mentioned and may indicate propylitic alteration. However, bleaching (leaching) may indicate other types of alteration. Alteration ranges from moderate to very intense.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 53
USGS model code 17
Deposit model name Porphyry Cu
Mark3 model number 4
Model code 105
USGS model code 25a-d
Deposit model name Epithermal vein, generic
Mark3 model number 119

Nearby scientific data

(1) -166.58572, 53.72411

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Orange, brown, and purple color anomaly, 300 ft (90 m) by 1500 ft (450 m) confined to feldspar porphyry andesite. Anomaly is oriented along ridge crest, essentially east-west. Color is due to weathering of very finely disseminated pyrite. Narrow N-S trending shear zones are especially leached and fractured; their original sulfide content was indeterminate due to the extensive leaching and alteration in the shear zones. Some zones, especially one at extreme east end of point of land, may represent zones of bleaching and alteration due to solfataric activity. Fracturing ranges from poor to intense. Other associated rocks include amygdaloidal andesite and minor coarse-grained diorite. No visible sulfides were seen in the dioritic intrusive.
  • Age = Cenozoic

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Aleutians

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Eighteen soil samples were collected in the course of reconnaissance mapping, samples contained up to 123 ppm copper, 102 ppm zinc, 1.7 ppm silver, and 0.02 ppm gold.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A106018
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF UN024

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Christie, J.S., 1974, Aleut-Quintana-Duval 1974 joint venture, final report: Unpublished Quintana Minerals Corporation report, 24 p., 3 appendices, 2 maps. (Report held by the Aleut Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska.)

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Christie, 1974

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Copper porphyry, epithermal gold vein
Deposit Model Number = 17, 25

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 03-MAY-1994 Damon Bickerstaff U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 03-MAY-1994 F.H. Wilson U.S. Geological Survey