Unnamed (south of valley of lower Butte Creek))

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307584
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (south of valley of lower Butte Creek))

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.63276, 63.03862 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is at an elevation of approximately 3,800 feet in the mountains south of the valley of lower Butte Creek. The map site is 0.75 miles north of VABM 5896 (Way), in the NW1/4 of sec. 6, T. 22 S., R. 1 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within 1,000 feet. This is location 41 of Clark and Cobb (1972).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Malachite Ore
Pyrite Ore


  • (Local) Oxidation of copper minerals.

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) Triassic
    Stratigraphic age (oldest) Late Pennsylvanian

Nearby scientific data

(1) -147.63276, 63.03862

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The area of this occurrence is underlain by Middle Triassic to Upper Pennsylvanian interbedded black argillite and volcanic sandstone. The upper part of sequence contains about 100 of radiolarian chert. The sequence is cut by numerous diabasic and gabbroic dikes (Wilson and others, 1998). The occurrence consists of pyrite and chalcopyrite disseminated in the bedded rocks, and of secondary malachite.
  • Age = the sulfide minerals probably are syngenetic with their Triassic-Upper 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 HE165

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