Mt. Dutton

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003318
MRDS ID A106061
Record type Site
Current site name Mt. Dutton

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -162.2591, 55.16587 (WGS84)
Relative position Approximate location is about 4 km south of the summit of Mt. Dutton. Probably same location as anomaly no. 57 of Christie (1974), described as 2 mi (3.2 km) due north of King Cove landing strip. Also, no. 10 of MacKevett and Holloway (1977, p. 9).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Copper Primary
Gold Secondary
Lead Secondary
Zinc Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Pyrite Ore


  • (Local) Christie (1974) reported contact metamorphic effects and weak propylitic alteration.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 53
USGS model code 17
Deposit model name Porphyry Cu
Mark3 model number 4
Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46
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 Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic)
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene

Nearby scientific data

(1) -162.2591, 55.16587

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Two color anomalies 200 by 400 ft and 3,000 by 1,200 ft (60 by 120 and 900 by 360 m) in hornfelsed volcanic rocks cut by rare diorite dikes (Christie,1974). Pyrite content (0 to 8 percent) is highest in fractured rocks, although most pyrite is disseminated rather than fracture-controlled. Diorite dikes are only weakly altered and are not mineralized. Butherus and others (1979) reported that the color anomalies south and east of Mt. Dutton consist of altered, pyritic andesite containing quartz and calcite veins.
  • Age = Miocene 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 = Christie (1974) reported brief reconnaissance geologic mapping and collected silt samples, none of which showed any anomalies in copper, molybdenum, zinc, silver, or gold. Butherusand others (1979) reported rock and pan concentrate samples slightly anomalous in copper (130 ppm), lead (300 ppm), zinc (600 ppm), and silver (3.2 ppm).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A106061
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CB005

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

    Butherus, D.L, Gressitt, E.E., Pray, J., Corner, N.G., Lindberg, P.H., and Fankhauser, R.E., 1979, Exploration and evaluation of the Aleut Native Corporation lands; Volume III: Resource Associates of Alaska, 69 p. 90 sheets, various sacales. (Report held by the Aleut Native 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 = Butherus and other, 1979

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Porphyry copper, polymetallic vein, epithermal gold vein
Deposit Model Number = 17, 22c, 25
Deposit Other Comments = Reported quartz veining (Butherus and others, 1979) lsuggests possibility of epithermal gold vein or polymetallic vein type mineral deposits.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 09-MAY-1994 G.D. DuBois U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 09-MAY-1994 F.H. Wilson U.S. Geological Survey