White Cliff

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307654
Record type Site
Current site name White Cliff

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -131.66777, 55.35074 (WGS84)
Relative position The White Cliff prospect is at an elevation of about 300 feet, on a hillside overlooking the city of Ketchikan, and about 1.25 miles northwest of the mouth of Ketchikan Creek. The site is in section 24, T. 75 S., R. 90 E., of the Copper River Meridian. It corresponds to loc. 61 in Elliott and others (1978), and to loc. 275 in Maas and others (1995). The location is probably accurate within 0.2 mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Nearby scientific data

(1) -131.66777, 55.35074

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This part of Revillagigedo Island is underlain mainly by marine, pelitic sedimentary rocks and subordinate andesitic or basaltic volcanic rocks that are intruded by Cretaceous stocks, sills, and dikes of feldspar-porphyritic granodiorite, and by a stock and probably related plugs of Tertiary gabbro (Berg and others, 1988). The strata were regionally metamorphosed to greenschist-grade phyllite and semischist in Late Cretaceous time. They subsequently were contact metamorphosed to hornblende hornfels: locally, near some of the Cretaceous granodiorite contacts, and, more widely, peripheral to the Tertiary gabbro. The premetamorphic age range of the strata is uncertain. Berg and others (1988) note that they closely resemble Upper Jurassic to mid-Cretaceous flysch and volcanic rocks nearby on Gravina Island. The country rocks are cut by a high-angle fault along Tongass Narrows that displays about 4 miles of right-lateral offset. According to U.S. Bureau of Mines claim records (1977), this prospect, which appears to be in hornfelsed strata near the contact of Tertiary gabbro stock, was staked for gold. Maas and others (1995, p. 201) report a 12-foot-long adit, dating from the early 1900s, at the site, but no mineralization. No other information about the prospect has been made public.
  • Age = If there is a mineral deposit at this site, it probably is Cretaceous or younger in age.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Mining district

District name Ketchikan

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Prospect was explored in early 1900s by a twelve-foot adit.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF KC064

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1977, Claim map, Ketchikan quadrangle: U.S. Bureau of Mines Map 120, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Elliott, R.L., Berg, H.C., and Karl, Susan, 1978, map and table describing metalliferous and selected nonmetalliferous mineral deposits, Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report, 78-73-B,17 p., scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., Elliott, R.L., and Koch, R.D., 1988, Geologic map of the Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Investigations Series Map MF-1807,27 p., scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Maas, K.M., Bittenbender, P E., and Still, J.C., 1995, Mineral investigations in the Ketchikan mining district, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 11-95, 606 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Berg and others, 1988; Maas and others, 1995

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 02-JUL-99 H.C. Berg U.S. Geological Survey