Golovnin Bay

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities REE, Uranium, Tungsten

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10009560
MRDS ID D002605
Record type Site
Current site name Golovnin Bay

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -162.92323, 64.51934 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is on the northeast coast of Golovin Bay where outcrops of the Kachauik pluton are exposed (Till and others, 1986). This location is about 0.3 miles north of a coastal light and 1.5 miles northwest of the mouth of McKinley Creek. It is locality 135 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181); it is probably located within 0.5 mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
REE Primary
Uranium Primary
Tungsten Primary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Ore Material = uranium-titanium-niobate

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Scheelite Ore
Allanite Gangue
Biotite Gangue
Hematite Gangue
Hornblende Gangue
Ilmenite Gangue
Magnetite Gangue
Sphene Gangue

Nearby scientific data

(1) -162.92323, 64.51934

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = A heavy mineral concentrate from slope wash over intrusive rocks of the Kachauik pluton contained 0.074% equivalent uranium, primarily in an unidentied uranium-titanium-niobate mineral (West, 1953, p. 4). Other minerals idenitied in the heavy mineral concentrate included allanite, biotite, hematite, hornblende, ilmenite, magnetite, scheelite, and sphene. Most of these are probably assessory minerals in monzonite/syenite of the Kachauik pluton (Miller and others, 1972; Miller, 1972). However, parts of this pluton along nepheline syenite dikes locally contain up to 0.15% U3O8, 1.05% Th, and 2% REE (Miller and others, 1976). A K/Ar age for the Kachauik pluton is 99.9 +/- 3 Ma (Miller and Bunker, 1976).
  • Age = Mid-Cretaceous; a K/Ar age for the Kachauik pluton is 99.9 +/- 3 Ma (Miller and Bunker, 1976).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Council

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS D002605
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF SO003

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    West, W.S., 1953, Reconnaissance for radioactive deposits in the Darby Mountains, Seward Peninsula, Alaska, 1948: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 300, 7 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic resources map of the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-445, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Miller, T.P., Grybeck, D.J., Elliott, R.L., and Hudson, T.L., 1972, Preliminary geologic map of the eastern Solomon and southeastern Bendeleben quadrangles, eastern Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 72-256, 11 p.

  • Deposit

    Miller, T.P., and Bunker, C.M., 1976, A reconnaissance study of the uranium and thorium contents of plutonic rocks of the southeastern Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Journal of Research, v. 4, p. 367-377.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-181, 185 p.

  • Deposit

    Till, A.B., Dumoulin, J.A., Gamble, B. ., Kaufman, D.S., and Carroll, P.I., 1986, Preliminary geologic map and fossil data, Soloman, Bendeleben, and southern Kotzebue quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 86-276, 10 p., 3 plates, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = West, 1953

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Disseminated; heavy minerals in slope wash close to their source in intrusive rocks of the Kachauik pluton.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 19-AUG-1999 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology