Nanushuk River

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Copper, Barium-Barite, Lead

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003321
MRDS ID A106065
Record type Site
Current site name Nanushuk River

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -150.66348, 68.30971 (WGS84)
Relative position Located along west tributary to Nanushuk River, 10 km south of Nanushuk Lake. Known to within one mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Barium-Barite Secondary
Lead Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Barite Gangue
Calcite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Nearby scientific data

(1) -150.66348, 68.30971

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Quartz-carbonate veins are exposed in a 15 m-wide zone along the south canyon wall where they cut interbedded siltstone and shale of the Hunt Fork Shale. The veins are up to 30 cm wide and can be traced for at least 8 m along strike. Barite is mainly concentrated along the vein margins which locally contain breccia and slickensides. The vein margins also contain minor chalcopyrite and galena.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Colville

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Samples contain up to 420 ppm Cu, 343 ppm Zn, 54 ppm Pb, and more than 2,000 ppm Ba

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A106065
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CL010

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Meyer, M.P., 1994, Analytical results from U.S. Bureau of Mines investigations in the Colville Mining District, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 34-94, 137 p.

  • Deposit

    Kurtak, J.M., Hicks, R.W., Werdon, M.B., Meyer, M.P., and Mull, C.G., 1995, Mineral investigations in the Colville mining district and southern National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 8-95, 217 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Kurtak and others, 1995, USBM OFR 8-95

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Cu quartz veins

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 07-FEB-1997 K.D. Kelley U.S. Geological Survey