Unnamed (west wall of West Fork Glacier)

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307548
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (west wall of West Fork Glacier)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.5918, 63.47363 (WGS84)
Relative position This prospect is at an elevation of about 4,200 feet in a creek draining the west wall of West Fork Glacier. The map site is in the NW1/3 of sec. 5, T. 17 S., R. 1 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within 2,000 feet. This is location 26 of Cox and others (1989), location A-74 of Balen (1990: OFR 34-90).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Copper Primary
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Pyrrhotite Ore
Sphalerite Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 72
USGS model code 19a
Deposit model name Polymetallic replacement
Mark3 model number 47

Nearby scientific data

(1) -147.5918, 63.47363

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The are of this prospect is underlain by Upper Triassic, thin-bedded, commonly cross-bedded, carbonaceous shale, argillite, sandstone, and siltstone. The strata are cut by numerous dikes, sills, and plugs of altered diabase and gabbro (Wilson and others, 1998), and by Upper Cretaceous?-Lower Tertiary granites. The strata are complexly folded. The prospect is described as a polymetallic replacement deposit containing chalcopyrite, pyrrhotite, and sphalerite (Cox and others, 1989).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Valdez Creek

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface exploration only, to date. Soil sampling, stream-sediment sampling, ground EM and magnetic geophysical surveys were conducted in the mid-1970's (unpublished report for the New Alaska Syndicate, 1977).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF HE116

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous and selected non-metalliferous mineral deposits in the eastern part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-A, 99 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Healy quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-1062, 113 p.

  • Deposit

    Cox, D.P., Light, T.D., Csejtey, Bela, Jr., and Campbell, D.L., 1989, Mineral resource assessment map of the Healy quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map, MF-2058-A, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Wilson, F.H., Dover, J.H., Bradley, D.C., Weber, F.R., Bundtzen, T.K., and Haeussler, P.J., 1998, Geologic map of central (interior) Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-133, 17 p., 2 sheetsm, scale 1:500,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cobb, 1978 (OFR 78-1062)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic replacement (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 19a)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 07-APR-00 N. Van Wyck Stevens Exploration Management Corporation