Unnamed (east edge of Woodworth Glacier)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307381
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (east edge of Woodworth Glacier)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -145.42251, 60.93961 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is at an elevation of 2600 feet at the east edge of Woodworth Glacier. It is in the NW1/4 sec. 4, T. 11 S., R. 1 W., of the Copper River Meridian. The location of the site is accurate to within 2000 ft. The occurrence is shown as site C-13 in Jansons and others (1984).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Copper Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 90
USGS model code 24a
Deposit model name Massive sulfide, Cyprus
Mark3 model number 11

Nearby scientific data

(1) -145.42251, 60.93961

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks at this occurrence are metavolcanic rocks (greenstone) and metasedimentary rocks of the Upper Cretaceous Valdez Group. These rocks are part of a 65-mile-long belt of volcanic rocks having potential for volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits, extending to the Copper River (Nelson and others, 1984; 1985). The occurrence consists of small amounts of chalcopyrite in quartz veinlets in two shear zones in the greenstone. The shear zones are 1 to 4 feet wide. Three grab samples contained 0.12% to 1.02% Cu (Jansons and others, 1984).
  • Age = Late Cretaceous based on the age of the host rocks.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Copper River

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Site was sampled as part of a U.S. Bureau of Mines and U.S.G.S. mineral resource assessment of the Chugach National Forest (Jansons and others, 1984; Nelson and others, 1984). Three grab samples contained 0.12% to 1.02% Cu (Jansons and others, 1984).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CV051

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Jansons, Uldis, Hoekzema, R.B., Kurtak, J.M., and Fechner, S.A., 1984, Mineral occurrences in the Chugach National Forest, Southcentral Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 5-84, 218 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Nelson, S.W., Miller, M.L., Barnes, D.F., Dumoulin, J.A., Goldfarb, R.J., Koski, R.A., Mull, C.G., Pickthorn, W.J., Jansons, Uldis, Hoekzema, R.B., Kurtak, J.M., and Fechner, S.A., 1984, Mineral resource potential of the Chugach National Forest, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1645-A, 24 p., 1 plate, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Crowe, D.E., Nelson, S.W., Brown, P.E., Shanks III, W.C., and Valley, J.W., 1992, Geology and geochemistry of volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits and related igneous rocks, Prince William Sound, south-central Alaska: Economic Geology, v. 87, p. 1722-1746.

  • Deposit

    Crowe, D.E., Nelson, S.W., Brown, P.E., Shanks III, W.C., and Valley, J.W., 1993, Geology and geochemistry of volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits and related igneous rocks, Prince William Sound, south-central Alaska-A reply: Economic Geology, v. 88, p. 1285-1288.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., 1993, Geology and geochemistry of volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits and related igneous rocks, Prince William Sound, south-central Alaska, A discussion: Economic Geology, v. 88, p. 1284-1285.

  • Deposit

    Nelson, S.W., Dumoulin, J. A., and Miller, M.L., 1985, Geologic map of the Chugach National Forest, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1645-B, 16 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Jansons and others, 1984

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Cyprus massive sulfide (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 24a)
Deposit Other Comments = Crowe and others (1992; 1993) and Sainsbury (1993) discuss the genesis of the volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits in this area. Occurrence is on State of Alaska land.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-JUN-00 S.W. Nelson U.S. Geological Survey