Aurora Mt.

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Copper, Silver, Cobalt, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10096778
MRDS ID A011869
Record type Site
Current site name Aurora Mt.

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -157.0954, 67.06147 (WGS84)
Relative position Located 4.5 mi. (7.2 km) west of Bornite on ridge in sec. 10, T. 19 N., R. 8 E., Kateel River Meridian. Shown as locality 21 in Mayfield and Grybeck (1978). Locationa accurate to within 1000 ft. (300 m).???
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Silver Secondary
Cobalt Secondary
Zinc Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Azurite Ore
Bornite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Malachite Ore
Dolomite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 233
USGS model code 32c
BC deposit profile E02
Deposit model name Kipushi Cu-Pb-Zn (BC name is Carbonate-hosted Cu)
Mark3 model number none

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Schist > Mica Schist

Nearby scientific data

(1) -157.0954, 67.06147

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Three types of mineralization reported (Cobb and Mayfield, 1981, p. A4): 1. dolomitic zones containing disseminated blebs of chalcopyrite and bornite; malachite on weathered surfaces; 2. layered pyrite and chalcopyrite in schist; 3. malachite and azurite in quartz veins. Considered a hydrothermal replacement-type deposit in dolomite and dolomite breccia (Nana Development Corp., written comm., 1997).
  • Age = Devonian

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Active

Mining district

District name Ambler

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Prospect located on Nana Corporation lands currently (1997) under exploration that includes geologic mapping, geochemical sampling, and diamond drilling. Additional exploration work completed by Kennecott Exploration in 1994 and 1995.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011869
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF AR012

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Mayfield, C.F., 1981, Summaries of data on lists of references to metallic and selected nonemetallic mineral occurrencs in the Ambler River quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 81-570-A, 13p.

  • 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.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cobb and Mayfield, 1981

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Kipushi

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 04-MAY-1997 K.R. Leonard U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 04-MAY-1997 R.L. Elliott U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 04-MAY-1997 J.M. Schmidt U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 04-MAY-1997 S.W. Nelson U.S. Geological Survey