Silver Star

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Gold, Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10093932
MRDS ID A010283
Record type Site
Current site name Silver Star

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -130.1937, 56.07088 (WGS84)
Relative position The Silver Star prospect is in Section 12 about 2.7 miles east-northeast of the outlet of Texas Lake. It consists of an upper zone at an elevation of about 3750 feet, and a lower zone at an elevation of about 3000 feet (Elliott and Koch, 1981, p. 14, loc. 47). The map coordinates are for the approximate midpoint between the zones and are probably accurate within about a quarter of a mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Gold Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Freibergite Ore
Galena Ore
Pyrite Ore
Pyrrhotite Ore
Sphalerite 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 Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite
    Rock unit name Texas Creek
    Rock description Texas Creek
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Argillite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -130.1937, 56.07088

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area of the Silver Star prospect are pelitic metasedimentary and andesitic metavolcanic strata of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton Group, which is underlain and locally intruded by the Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite (Smith, 1977; Koch, 1996).? the deposit (Buddington, 1929, p. 97) lies along the contact between Texas Creek Granodiorite and overlying Hazelton argillite and consists of quartz fissure veins on both sides of the the contact. Two veins as much as a foot thick in a two-foot wide shear zone in the granodiorite (Buddington, 1925, p. 89-90) contain mainly galena and pyrite and were explored by a 30-foot adit. About 100 feet above the adit entrance the zone is about 7 feet wide. It consists of heavily mineralized quartz as much as 9 inches wide in the footwall and more than a foot of sparsely mineralized quartz in the hanging wall (Buddington, 1929, p. 97). The veins in the argillite consist of quartz stringers approximately parallel to the bedding that locally contain galena, sphalerite, and pyrite, and smaller amounts of pyrrhotite, arsenopyrite, and freibergite. A select sample from the granodiorite lode is said to have assayed an ounce of gold per ton (Buddington, 1925, p. 89-90).

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 = Prospect was explored, probably in the 1920's, by a 30-foot adit. A select sample from the granodiorite lode is said to have assayed an ounce of gold per ton.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010283
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BC047

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Buddington, A.F., 1925, Mineral investigations in southeastern Alasaka: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 773, p. 71-139.

  • 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

    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

    Koch, R.D., 1996, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Bradfield Canal quadrangle, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 81-728-A, 35 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Buddington, 1929

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic veins
Deposit Other Comments = Prospect was originally staked in 1923.

Reporter information

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