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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003307
MRDS ID A106051
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -162.25242, 55.0492 (WGS84)
Relative position Approximate location is between King Cove spit and Slavna Point, 2 mi (3.2 km) east of King Cove. Anomaly no. 70 of Christie (1974).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Gold Primary
Zinc Secondary


  • (Local) Propylitic and argillic alteration reported along with weak leaching.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 105
USGS model code 25a-d
Deposit model name Epithermal vein, generic
Mark3 model number 119

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Granite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene

Nearby scientific data

(1) -162.25242, 55.0492

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Christie (1974) described a color anomaly associated with a weak gossan developed at the contact of a quartz diorite pluton with volcanic rocks of the Belkofski Formation. Volcanic rocks include andesitic crystal tuffs and flows. The area of gossan is a maximum of 5,000 by 3,000 ft (1,500 by 900 m) and shows disseminated pyrite mineralization, generally in trace amounts, but locally as high as 2 percent. Approximately half of the pyrite is fracture controlled in local zones of higher pyrite content.
  • Age = Pliocene 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 Alaska Peninsula

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Brief reconnaissance geologic mapping and a few soil and silt samples. Gold, silver, and zinc were slightly anomalous, at 0.02, 1.4, and 104 ppm , respectively. Copper and molybdenum were at background levels.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A106051
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CB007

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    Christie, J.S., 1974, Aleut-Quintana-Duval 1974 joint venture, final report: Unpublished Quintana Minerals Corporation report, 24 p., 3 appendices, 2 maps.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.)

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous mineral deposits in the western part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-F, 38 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Christie, 1974

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Epithermal gold vein
Deposit Other Comments = In Christie's (1974) evaluation, this occurrence had no sufficiently large covered area to hide a porphyry system and no copper mineralization was suggested.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 13-MAY-1994 G.D. DuBois U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 13-MAY-1994 F.H. Wilson U.S. Geological Survey