Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Copper, Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307823
Record type Site
Current site name Candle-East

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -155.80193, 62.85445 (WGS84)
Relative position The Candle-East occurrence is located on a low bluff immediately south of the Sterling Landing-Ophir Road at an elevation of 1,000 feet (304 m) in the SW1/4 sec. 14, T. 32 N., R. 35 W., of the Seward Meridian. The Candle-East occurrence corresponds to prospects #6 and #7 in Bundtzen and Laird (1983). The reporter visited the site in 1977, 1979, and 1997.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Copper Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Goethite Ore
Biotite Gangue
Tourmaline Gangue


  • (Local) Extensive ferricrete alteration.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock unit name Candle
    Chronological age 70
    Dating method K-Ar
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous

Nearby scientific data

(1) -155.80193, 62.85445

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Candle-East occurrence consists of a densely concentrated zone of ferricrete-tourmaline veins and stockwork in a brecciated hornfels aureole adjacent to the Late Cretaceous, Candle volcanic-plutonic complex (Bundtzen and Laird, 1983). The zone trends northeast and dips steeply to both the southeast and northwest. The mineralization covers a 100 meter by 15 meter area. A trace of chalcopyrite was observed in one hand specimen. Two chip-channel samples taken across the strike of the mineralization contained up to 2.23 grams/tonne silver, 169 ppm copper, 130 ppm lead, and 246 ppm zinc.
  • Age = Unknown; inferred to be Late Cretaceous based on 70 Ma K-Ar age reported for nearby Candle monzonite pluton by Bundtzen and Laird (1983).
  • Age = Chronological age is for nearby Candle monzonite pluton.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name McGrath

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The occurrence area has been used as road metal for local road construction and is fairly well exposed. Two chip channel samples taken across the strike of the mineralization contained up to 2.23 grams/tonne silver, 169 ppm copper, 130 ppm lead, and 246 ppm zinc.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF MG004

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Bundtzen, T.K., and Laird, G.M., 1983, Geologic map of the McGrath D-6 quadrangle, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Geologic Report 79, 1:63,360 scale.

  • 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 = Bundtzen and Laird, 1983

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic vein (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 25-NOV-98 T.K. Bundtzen Pacific Rim Geological Consulting