Silver King

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10093930
MRDS ID A010191
Record type Site
Current site name Silver King

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -130.2687, 56.06783 (WGS84)
Relative position The Silver King prospect (Buddington, 1929, p. 100; Elliott and Koch, 1981, p. 11, loc. 28) is in Section 9 at an elevation of about 3800 feet on a steep west-facing mountainside overlooking Chickamin Glacier. It is about 1.1 mile north-northwest of Texas Lake. This location is probably accurate to within about a quarter of a mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


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

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Barite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Pyrite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Tetrahedrite Ore
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Siltstone

Nearby scientific data

(1) -130.2687, 56.06783

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area near the Silver King prospect are metamorphosed pelitic strata of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton Group; the Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite, which underlies and locally intrudes the Hazelton; and the Eocene Hyder Quartz Monzonite, which intrudes the Hazelton and Texas Creek rocks (Smith, 1977; Berg and others, 1977, p. 15-18, 22-23).? Buddington (1929, p. 99-100) describes the deposit as a quartz fissure vein 6-30 inches thick in graywacke and argillite cut by a quartz diorite dike. The vein contains 2-8 inches of solid sulfides, including sphalerite, galena, pyrite, chalcopyrite, tetrahedrite, and a little arsenopyrite; a little barite also is present. A sample of the solid sulfides, chiefly galena, assayed 1.28 oz of Au and 5.96 oz of Ag per ton, 55% Pb, and 2.2% Cu.? This prospect could not be located in 1972-73, probably owing to snow cover (Berg and others, 1977, p. 38-39).? Lead-isotope studies of galena at the Silver King prospect indicate that the deposit is Eocene in age, contemporaneous with emplacement of the Hyder Quartz Monzonite (Maas, 1995, p. 229-248).
  • Age = Lead-isotope studies of galena at the Silver King prospect indicate that the deposit is Eocene in age, contemporaneous with emplacement of the Hyder Quartz Monzonite (Maas, 1995, p. 229-248).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Hyder

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = According to Buddington (1929, p. 99-100), the lower exposure of the vein was stripped for 50 feet, and the upper exposure was stripped for 8 feet.?An early assay of a sample of the solid sulfide part of the vein showed 1.28 oz of Au and 5.96 oz of Ag per ton, 55% Pb, and 2.2% Cu.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010191
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BC028

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Buddington, A.F., 1929, Geology of Hyder and vicinity, southeastern Alaska, with a reconnaissance of Chickamin River: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 807, 124 p.

  • Deposit

    Smith, J.G., 1977, Geology of the Ketchikan D-1 and Bradfield Canal A-1 quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1425, 49 p.

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., Elliott, R.L., Smith, J.G., Pittman, T.L., and Kimball, A. L., 1977, Mineral resources of the Granite Fiords wilderness study area, Alaska, with a section on aeromagnetic data by Andrew Griscom: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1403, 151 p.

  • Deposit

    Elliott, R.L., and Koch, R.D., 1981, Mines, prospects, and selected metalliferous mineral occurrences in the Bradfield Canal quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 81-728-B, 23 p., 1 sheet, scales 1:250,000 and 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Maas, K.M., Bittenbender, P E., and Still, J.C., 1995, Mineral investigations in the Ketchikan mining district, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 11-95, 606 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Buddington, 1929

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic veins
Deposit Other Comments = Prospect could not be located 1972-1973. ? Some records link the Silver King and Marietta (BC026) claims, but the Silver King prospect is at a lower elevation and farther south (Berg and others, 1977, p. 39, 77).? Site is in Misty Fiords National Monument.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 17-MAY-1998 H. C. Berg U.S. Geological Survey