HOM (Mina Creek)

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307286
Record type Site
Current site name HOM (Mina Creek)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -162.32338, 65.74938 (WGS84)
Relative position This prospect is very approximately located to be on the ridge crest between the headwaters of Mina Creek and its north tributary Champion Creek at an elevation 1,000 feet. The mouth of Mina Creek, an east tributary to Kugruk River, is 6.5 miles north of the Independence mine (BN076).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary
Copper Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) The deposit is oxidized; quartz-sericite-pyrite alteration is inferred to be present.

Mineral occurrence model information

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

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Devonian

Nearby scientific data

(1) -162.32338, 65.74938

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This is a volcanogenic massive sulfide prospect that was explored by Houston Oil and Minerals (HOM) in the 1970's. Exploration included core drilling. Drilling encountered up to 5 % sphalerite in felsic schist with some galena and silver values (R. Cunningham, written communication, 1998). The felsic schist is probably similar to other felsic schist sequences that are present in a belt to the east, south, and west of Kiwalik Mountain. The metamorphic assemblage containing felsic schist was not mapped separately by Till and others (1986) except along a part of Independence Creek. It is inferred to be of Devonian age, the age of the Kiwalik Mountain gneiss (Till and others, 1986). The geologic setting for this prospect and that at Big Bar (BN083, south of Kiwalik Mountain) seems to be similar to that of the Ambler district in the southern Brooks Range.
  • Age = Devonian ; this is a strataform deposit and the host felsic schist is interpreted to be similar in age to the Devonian gneiss at Kiwalik Mountain (Till and others, 1986).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Fairhaven

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Some core drilling took place here in the 1970's.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BN119

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Till, A.B., Dumoulin, J.A., Gamble, B. ., Kaufman, D.S., and Carroll, P.I., 1986, Preliminary geologic map and fossil data, Soloman, Bendeleben, and southern Kotzebue quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 86-276, 10 p., 3 plates, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = This description

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Kuroko massive sulfide (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 28a)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 15-MAR-99 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology