Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Copper, Silver, Cobalt, Manganese, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307261
Record type Site
Current site name Kivivik

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -161.77368, 67.88946 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrences is at an elevation of about 600 feet, adjacent to Kivivik Creek about 5 miles above its confluence with the Noatak River. It is in section 24, T. 29 N., R. 14 W., of the Kateel River Meridian. Schmidt and Allegro (1988), location 4; field stations 84JS026A-D and 84PF070R.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Silver Secondary
Cobalt Secondary
Manganese Secondary
Zinc Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Gangue = iron oxides

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Epidote Gangue
Magnetite Gangue


  • (Local) Iron-oxide staining.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 87
USGS model code 23
BC deposit profile D03
Deposit model name Basaltic Cu (BC name is Volcanic redbed Cu)
Mark3 model number 118

Nearby scientific data

(1) -161.77368, 67.88946

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = At the occurrence, basalts of probable Jurassic age contain both disseminated chalcopyrite and pyrite, and pyrite and epidote in vesicles. A 30- by 40-meter area of red-orange-stained, pillow basalt contains pyrite, minor chalcopyrite and ochre. Magnetite occurs in the sediment of the stream draining this occurrence. A sample of pyrite contained 120 ppm Zn, 1 ppm Ag, 50 ppm Co, 300 ppm Cu, and 1000 ppm Mn. A sample from a heavily stained area contained 150 ppm Cu and 1000 ppm Mn. An ochre sample contained 110 ppm Zn and 200 ppm Cu. A sample of pyrite and epidote in vesicles contained 20 ppm As, 0.5 ppm Ag, and 1500 ppm Mn. A sample of chalcopyrite and pyrite in basalt contained 2 ppm Ag, 50 ppm Co and 500 ppm Cu (Schmidt and Allegro, 1988).
  • Age = Jurassic

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Noatak

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Area was visited and sampled by the U.S. Geological Survey (Schmidt and Allegro, 1988).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BM020

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Schmidt, J.M., and Allegro, G.L., 1988, Map showing mineral occurrences and indicators in the Baird Mountains quadrangle, northwestern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1992, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Zayatz, M.R., Thompson, W.B., Bailey, E.A., Sutley, S.J., Folger, P.F., Karl, S.M., and Schmidt, J.M., 1988, Analytical results and sample locality maps of mineralized and unmineralized rock samples from the Baird Mountains quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 88-256-A, 159 p., 2 plates, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Schmidt and Allegro, 1988

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Basaltic copper (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 23).
Deposit Other Comments = Located in the Noatak Wilderness.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 29-DEC-99 Williams, Anita U.S. Geological Survey