Unnamed (west of Tsusena Creek)

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307562
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (west of Tsusena Creek)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.69178, 63.0126 (WGS84)
Relative position This prospect is at an elevation of about 4,000 feet, near the drainage divide between Tsusena and Portage creeks. The map site is about 2.2 miles south of peak 5896, in the NW1/4 of in sec. 15, T. 22 S., R. 6 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within 1,000 feet. This is locality D6 of Balen (1990: OFR 34-90).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Copper Primary
Tin Primary
Lead Secondary
Tungsten Secondary
Zinc Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cassiterite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Wolframite Ore
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 47
USGS model code 15b
Deposit model name Sn veins

Nearby scientific data

(1) -148.69178, 63.0126

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area of this prospect are Upper Triassic calcareous shale, argillite, and siltstone cut by numerous dikes, sills, and plugs of altered diabase and gabbro. These rocks are overlain by Oligocene to Paleocene volcanic flows, and pyroclastic rocks, and intruded by diverse, Tertiary(?) hypabyssal plutons (Wilson and others, 1998). The deposit consists of tin- and silver-bearing quartz veins and a mineralized shear-zone. The ore minerals are cassiterite, chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, and wolframite. Samples of the deposit contained as much as 26.5 ounces of silver per ton, 0.55% tin, 1.2% lead, 5.4% zinc, and 0.66% copper (Balen, 1991).
  • Age = Early Tertiary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Valdez Creek

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The deposit was explored in 1980-81 by detailed geological mapping and geophysical exploration, but the claims later were allowed to lapse (Balen, 1991).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF HE139

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Balen, M.D., 1990, Geochemical sampling results from the Bureau of Mines Investigations in the Valdez Creek mining district, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 34-90, 218 p., 2 plates, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Balen, M.D., and others, 1991, Executive summary of the Bureau of Mines investigations in the Valdez Creek mining district, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Special Publication, 43 p.

  • 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 = Balen and others, 1991

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Sn veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; 15b)

Reporter information

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