Nanielik Creek

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10086673
MRDS ID A011850
Record type Site
Current site name Nanielik Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -158.87362, 67.91952 (WGS84)
Relative position Located on hill just east of Nanielik Creek in T. 29 N., R. 1 W., Kateel River Meridian. Shown as locality 1 in Mayfield and Grybeck (1978) and accurate to within 2000 ft. (600 m).????
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Barium-Barite Primary
Lead Secondary
Zinc Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Barite Ore
Galena Ore
Sphalerite Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 208
USGS model code 31a
BC deposit profile E14
Deposit model name Sedimentary exhalative Zn-Pb
Mark3 model number 13

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone

Nearby scientific data

(1) -158.87362, 67.91952

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Three foot (1 m) thick vein of barite in limestone. Vein and nearby Fe-rich soil contained 1000 ppm Pb and 5000 ppm Zn (Mayfield and Grybeck, 1978). Occurrence could be similar to several other sediment-hosted occurrences in the Brooks Range that formed from the dewatering of a large Paleozoic? sedimentary basin (Schmidt, 1997, p. 35-65; Schmidt and Werdon, 1993, p. 143).
  • Age = Paleozoic

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Non-metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Noatak

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011850
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF AR052

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Mayfield, C.F. and Grybeck, D., 1978, Mineral occurrences and resource map of the Ambler river quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-120I, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Schmidt, J.M., 1997, Shale-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag and barite deposits of Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral Deposits of Alaska, 1997: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 35-65.

  • Deposit

    Schmidt, J.M., and Werdon, M.B., 1993, Clastic-hosted stratiform, vein/breccia and disseminated Zn-Pb-Ag deposits of the northwestern Brooks Range, Alaska; are they different expersions of dewatering of the same source basin? [abs.]: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 24, p. 143.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Mayfield and Grybeck, 1978

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Sediment-hosted Pb-Zn?
Deposit Other Comments = Located within Noatak National Preserve.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 08-MAY-1997 K.R. Leonard U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 08-MAY-1997 R.L. Elliott U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 08-MAY-1997 J.M. Schmidt U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 08-MAY-1997 S.W. Nelson U.S. Geological Survey