Otuk Creek

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003387
MRDS ID A106143
Record type Site
Current site name Otuk Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -155.70362, 68.3196 (WGS84)
Relative position Located on east side of upper tributary of Otuk Creek. Known to within one mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Gangue = iron carbonate

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Galena Ore
Pyrite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Calcite Gangue

Nearby scientific data

(1) -155.70362, 68.3196

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Outcrop of Kayak Shale contains Fe-rich sulfide-bearing concretions that range from 7.6 cm to 20 cm in diameter. The cores of some concretions contain sphalerite, pyrite, and minor galena.
  • Age = Lower 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 have up to 2.3 ppm Ag, more than 5,000 ppm Ba, and 1,500 ppm Zn.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A106143
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF KL009

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Kelley, K.D., and Mull, C.G., 1995, Maps showing areas of potential for mineral resources in the Killik River quadrangle, Brooks Range, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2225-A, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Kelley, K.D., Mull, C. G., and Barton, H. N., 1995, Maps showing the distribution of selected elements in minus 30-mesh stream-sediment samples from the southern part of the Killik River quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2225-C, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Kelley and Mull, 1995, MF-2225-A

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