Unnamed (in Daisy Swift Creek)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Zinc, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307966
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (in Daisy Swift Creek)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.66139, 64.71678 (WGS84)
Relative position Daisy Swift Creek is a mile-long east tributary to upper Cripple River. Its mouth is 4.5 miles upstream from where the Nome-Teller road crosses Cripple River. The location is of the stream sediment anomaly at an elevation of about 650 feet; it is within about 500 feet of outcropping mineralized rock.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Zinc Primary
Antimony Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Pyrite Ore
Sphalerite Ore

Alteration

  • (Local) Pyritization.

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.66139, 64.71678

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = During reconnaissance mapping of the area in 1990 by Kennecott Exploration Company, 2,300 ppm zinc and anomalous amounts of gold were found in a stream sediment sample from Daisy Swift Creek. The gold content of a panned concentrate from Daisy Swift Creek, collected about 2,000 feet above its mouth, was 1,570 ppb gold. Followup of stream sediment and panned concentrate samples led to discovery of a pyritized metabasite unit that contained more than 0.1 ounce of gold per ton and anomalous amounts of antimony. The source of the zinc anomaly was not determined. Daisy Swift Creek flows generally northwest in a schist unit between major bodies of the massive marble unit of Bundtzen and others (1994). The schist is mainly calc-schist, but locally it includes silicic units of probable felsic volcanic origin. The schist also includes large boudin-like masses of metabasite (C.C. Hawley, Cindy Buxton, and D.L. Olson, written communication, 1992).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The area was explored from 1990 to 1992 by Kennecott Exploration Co.; there is no evidence of previous exploration.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM137

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Bundtzen, T.K., Reger, R.D., Laird, G.M., Pinney, D.S., Clautice, K.H., Liss, S.A., and Cruse, G.R., 1994, Progress report on the geology and mineral resources of the Nome mining district: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Public Data-File 94-39, 21 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = This report

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Pyritized metabasite with Au.
Deposit Other Comments = the source of the high zinc concentrations in stream sediments has not been determined.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 12-MAR-00 Hawley, C.C. and Hudson, Travis L. Hawley Resource Group