Unnamed (mountains south of lower Butte Creek)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307582
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (mountains south of lower Butte Creek)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.64375, 63.01662 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is located at an elevation of approximately 4,300 feet in the mountains south of lower Butte Creek, and 0.75 mile south of VABM 5896 (Way). The map site is near the south and of the west boundary of sec. 7, T. 22 S., on the boundary of R. 1 W., and R. 1 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within 1,000 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


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) -147.64375, 63.01662

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The area of this occurrence is underlain by a 2,00-meter-thick sequence of Lower Permian? and Pennsylvanian, massive volcanic flows, breccias, and subordinate volcaniclastic rocks, all largely andesitic in composition (Wilson and others, 1998). The occurrence consists of pyrite and chalcopyrite disseminated in the volcanic rocks.
  • Age = the sulfide minerals probably are syngenetic with their Lower Permian and Pennsylvanian host rocks.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Valdez Creek

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface sampling only.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF HE162

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

    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.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Saunders, 1961

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