Itkillik River West

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003327
MRDS ID A106071
Record type Site
Current site name Itkillik River West

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -150.50346, 68.21971 (WGS84)
Relative position Located along west tributary of the Itkillik River, 18.8 km southwest of Thibodeaux Mountain. Known to within one mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Barium-Barite Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary
Copper Secondary

Materials information

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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -150.50346, 68.21971

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Bedrock in the area consists of folded and faulted Hunt Fork Shale that is locally cut by quartz and sulfide-bearing quartz-carbonate veins and veinlets. Cobble-sized pieces of rounded massive white barite, containing streaks and blebs of galena were found as float. The source of the float is unknown. In another gully 800 m to the northeast, lense-like quartz-calcite-siderite veins are confined to a 50 cm-wide zone that trends northwest. The veins contain minor chalcopyrite and trace galena. No zinc minerals were observed.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Both metallic and non-metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Colville

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Float of barite-galena cobbles contain up to 62% Ba, 0.67% Pb,and 25 g/tonne Ag. Veins from outcrop contain 735 ppm Cu and 3,900 ppm Zn.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A106071
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CL008

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 = Pb-Zn quartz veins

Reporter information

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