Siksikpuk River

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003322
MRDS ID A106066
Record type Site
Current site name Siksikpuk River

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -150.20346, 68.29972 (WGS84)
Relative position Located at headwaters of Siksikpuk River, 8.7 km northwest of Inualuruk Mountain. Known to within one mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary
Barium-Barite Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Galena Ore
Pyrite Ore
Sphalerite Ore

Nearby scientific data

(1) -150.20346, 68.29972

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Red-brown concretions in Kayak Shale are confined to an approximately 6 m-thick section of black shale. They range from 4 cm rounded forms to 7.5 x 38 cm flattened, elongate forms. The concretions contain quartz, calcite, barite, siderite, and pyrite as septarian fracture fillings along with minor sphalerite and trace galena. At the base of the shale, a 10 cm-thick red-brown cherty ironstone bed contains minor sphalerite. The ironstone bed is exposed along strike for 6 m.
  • Age = Mississippian

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 = Sulfide-bearing concretions contain 1.3% Zn, more than 2,000 ppm Ba, and 52 ppm Pb. The ironstone bed contains 1,357 ppm Zn.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A106066
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CL011

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 = Sediment-hosted Pb-Zn

Reporter information

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