Sure Shot

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307581
Record type Site
Current site name Sure Shot

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.64175, 63.01062 (WGS84)
Relative position The Sure Shot prospect is at an elevation of about 3,900 feet, 1.5 miles south of VABM 5896 (Way). The map site is in the NW1/4 of sec. 18, T. 22 S., R. 1 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within 1,000 feet. This is location 39 of Clark and Cobb (1972), location B-14 of Balen (1990: OFR 34-90).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Copper Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Pyrite Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

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

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Early Permian
    Stratigraphic age (oldest) Pennsylvanian

Nearby scientific data

(1) -147.64175, 63.01062

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area of the Sure Shot prospect consist of a 2,000-meter-thick sequence of Lower Permian? and Pennsylvanian, volcanic rocks, massive volcanic flows, breccias, and subordinate volcaniclastic rocks, all largely andesitic in composition (Wilson and others, 1998). The prospect consists of pyrite and chalcopyrite disseminated in the volcanic rocks. Samples contain 4 ppb gold and 153 ppm copper (Balen, 1990 OFR 34-90).
  • Age = the sulfide minerals probably are syngenetic with their Lower Permian - Pennsylvanian host rocks.

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 samples only. Samples contain 4 ppb gold and 153 ppm copper (Balen, 1990 OFR 34-90).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF HE161

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Kaufman, M.A., 1964, Geology and mineral deposits of the Denali-Maclaren River area, Alaska: Alaska Division of Mines and Minerals, Geologic Report 4, 15 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:105,000.

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., and Cobb, E.H., 1967, Metalliferous Lode Deposits of Alaska. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1246, 254 p.

  • 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

    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.

  • Deposit

    Clark, A.L., and Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Healy quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-394, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • 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.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Kaufman, 1964

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Cyprus massive sulfide (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 24a)

Reporter information

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