Teuchet Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Lead, Zinc, Silver, Arsenic, Copper, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307238
Record type Site
Current site name Teuchet Creek
Alternate or previous names Tc

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -145.49788, 64.91271 (WGS84)
Relative position The TC prospect is situated in the headwaters of Teuchet Creek. Teuchet Creek drains north into the East Fork of the Chena River. The TC prospect covers approximately 3 square miles. The approximate location of center of the prospect is in NW1/4SW1/4 section 15., T. 1 N., R. 11 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. It was not identified as a separate location by Cobb (1972; MF-388) or by Cobb and Eberlein (1980).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary
Silver Secondary
Arsenic Secondary
Copper Secondary
Antimony Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Boulangerite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Pyrite Ore
Pyrrhotite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Quartz Gangue

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
Model code 184
USGS model code 28a
Deposit model name Massive sulfide, kuroko
Mark3 model number 93

Nearby scientific data

(1) -145.49788, 64.91271

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The prospect is in the Chena Slate Belt, originally delineated by Menzie and Foster (1979), and later defined by Dusel-Bacon and others (1998). They describe the region as thrust sheets of ductilely deformed, metasedimentary and metaigneous rocks of uncertain age and origin that are overlain by klippen of weakly metamorphosed oceanic rocks, and intruded by post-kinematic, Lower Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Tertiary granite. Based on stratigraphic similarities and limited fossil ages and a U-Pb zircon age of 356 Ma, Mortenson (1992) interpreted that the rocks are similar to metamorphosed rocks in the eastern Alaska Range, western and southeastern Yukon (Dusel-Bacon and others, 1998), and unmetamorphosed rocks of the Selwyn Basin (Murphy and Abbott, 1995). The Chena Slate Belt is composed of siliceous and carbonaceous black quartzite, slate, and phyllite. At the Teuchet Prospect, drilling encountered 30 meters of tan sericitic phyllite underlain by at least 550 meters of interlayered gray to black siliceous phyllite and quartzite. Mineralization of the prospect consists of layered zones parallel to foliation that contain a variable combination of sulfides, including boulangerite, galena, pyrite, and sphalerite, along with minor arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, and pyrrhotite. The best mineralization is 4.6 meters thick and contains 0.92% Zn and 0.32% Pb; and 12 centimeters thick containing 10.1% Zn, 3.6% Pb, and 38 ppm Ag. Massive sulfide layers of up to 52 centimeters thick with bands of red-brown sphalerite, galena, and pyrite up to 12 centimeters thick. Pyrite occurs as subhedral cubes and porphyroblasts. Sphalerite occurs as anhedral lenses with a composition of approximately 84% ZnS. Galena is interstitial to pyrite and sphalerite. Boulangerite and selenium-rich galena were found with galena in one interval of drill core (Dusel-Bacon and others, 1998). The original sedimentary features in the carbonaceous rocks have been eliminated by ductile shearing, folding, and low- to medium-grade metamorphism. Early, near-vertical, quartz veining is cut by low angle shears, which commonly contain pyrite. Deformation of the sulfides indicates that mineralization of the TC Prospect predates regional metamorphism. Pyrite deposition occurred both before and after quartz veining and shearing events (Dusel-Bacon and others, 1998). Isotopic Pb data from galena collected from the Chena Slate Belt indicates a mineralization age of Devono-Mississippian. In addition, a 346.4 +/-1 Ma U-Pb zircon age was obtained from interlayered felsic tuffs from the eastern section of the Chena Slate Belt. These dates and the presence of sulfide deposition textures parallel to metamorphic foliation and compositional layering indicate a syngenetic origin for the sulfides (Dusel-Bacon and others, 1998). . Exploration of the Chena Slate Belt was conducted intermittently from 1981 through 1994. A preliminary stream-sediment sampling program defined a 30-kilometer belt of anomalous Zn. In 1991, further soil and rock geochemistry, gravity surveys, and airborne and horizontal-loop EM surveys delineated three Zn-Pb zones at the TC Prospect. Subsequently, eight drill holes totaling 1,600 meters were completed (Dusel-Bacon and others, 1998). There is no production reported for the TC Prospect.
  • Age = Probably Devonian to Mississippian . Younger than U-Pb age of 356 Ma.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Fairbanks

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = There is no production reported for the TC Prospect.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Exploration of the Chena Slate Belt was conducted intermittently from 1981 through 1994. A preliminary stream-sediment sampling program located a 30-kilometer belt of anomalous Zn. In 1991, further soil and rock geochemistry, gravity surveys, and airborne and horizontal-loop EM surveys delineated three Zn-Pb zones at the TC Prospect. Subsequently, eight drill holes totaling 1,600 meters were completed (Dusel-Bacon and others, 1998).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BD050

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Big Delta quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-388, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Eberlein, G.D., 1980, Summaries of data on and lists of references to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral deposits in the Big Delta and Tanacross quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-1086, 77 p.

  • Deposit

    Menzie, W.D., and Foster, H.L., 1979, Metalliferous and selected nonmetalliferous mineral resource potential in the Big Delta quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-529D, 61 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Mortenson, J.K., 1992, Pre-mid-Mesozoic tectonic evolution of the Yukon-Tanana terrane, Yukon and Alaska: Tectonics, v. 11, p. 836-853.

  • Deposit

    Murphy, D.C., and Abbott, G., 1995, Northern Yukon-Tanana terrane: The equivalent of Yukon's western Selwyn Basin offset along the Tintina fault? [abs.]: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 27, no. 5, , 26 p.

  • Deposit

    Dusel-Bacon, C., Bressler, J.R., Takoaka, H., Mortenson, J.K., Oliver, D.H., Leventhal, J.S., Newberry, R.J., and Bundtzen, T.K., 1998, Stratiform zinc-lead mineralization in Nasina assemblage rocks of the Yukon-Tanana Upland in east-central Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-340, 26 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Dusel-Bacon and others, 1998

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Sedimentary exhalative Zn-Pb? (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 31a). Volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit? (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 28a), similar to Selwyn Basin deposits in Yukon, Canada (Murphy and Abbott, 1995)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 26-APR-99 Cameron S. Rombach Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys