Sandy Cove

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003360
MRDS ID A106112
Record type Site
Current site name Sandy Cove

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -162.75242, 54.96613 (WGS84)
Relative position Approximate location is west of Walrus Peak and northeast of Sandy Cove. Anomaly no. 52 of Christie (1974) and no. 9 of MacKevett and Holloway (1977, p. 11).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Pyrite Ore


  • (Local) Not described.

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 Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic)
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene

Nearby scientific data

(1) -162.75242, 54.96613

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Christie (1974) briefly examined an irregular oval 10,000 by 5,000 ft (3 by 1.5 km) color anomaly developed within volcanic rocks. Pyrite is disseminated throughout volcanic rocks, some of which are bleached. Volcanic rocks include andesite and basalt, some of which are fragmental. No intrusive rocks were seen in outcrop; description suggests some may have been seen in float. Reported quartz float may indicate veining; however, float was only seen north of creek and was not seen farther upstream.
  • 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 = Brief reconnaissance geologic mapping and collection of a few silt samples. Occurrence apparently has not adequately examined for epithermal gold vein potential.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A106112
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF FP003

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    Christie, J.S., 1974, Aleut-Quintana-Duval 1974 joint venture, final report: Unpublished Quintana Minerals Corporation report, 24 p., 3 appendices, 2 maps.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

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 06-MAY-1994 G.D. DuBois U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 06-MAY-1994 F.H. Wilson U.S. Geological Survey