Unnamed (on Woewodski Island)

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308054
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (on Woewodski Island)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -133.02287, 56.55674 (WGS84)
Relative position Site placed somewhat arbitrarily at approximately the center of Woewodski Island; this is a general reference to addition prospects and exploration on Woewodski Island that have not otherwise been described in this data base at sites PE028 to PE033.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 273
USGS model code 36a
Deposit model name Low-sulfide Au-quartz vein
Mark3 model number 27
Model code 184
USGS model code 28a
Deposit model name Massive sulfide, kuroko
Mark3 model number 93
Model code 187
USGS model code 28a.1
Deposit model name Massive sulfide, Sierran kuroko
Mark3 model number 44

Nearby scientific data

(1) -133.02287, 56.55674

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Woewodski Island has complex geology that is largely covered by thick vegetation and is further complicated by a prominent structural zone that crosses it and continues north along Duncan Canal. Brew (1997 [OF 97-156-J]) maps the rocks on Woewodski Island as Mesozoic phyllite; Triassic, Hyd Group felsic and intermediate volcanic flows and breccia, limestone, and argillite; Mesozoic gabbro; and Cretaceous diorite, but the exact relationships and distribution of these rocks requires more detailed mapping. Woewodski Island has lured prospectors since at least the 1920's and there are numerous stories and rumors about people who have prospected there and what they found, many of which cannot be documented or verified well. For instance, it is common knowledge that there was a major drilling program carried out by a private company east of Harvey Lake in the mid-1970's and Williams (1953) mentions a prospect of unstated type somewhere between Harvey Lake and what is now called Harrys Lake. In addition, since the 1970's various parts of the Island have been examined by a succession of companies, including Resource Associates of Alaska, Cominco Exploration, Houston Oil and Minerals Westmin Resources, and others, as well as private individuals. The details of at least some of the work by Houston Oil and Minerals in late 1970's and 1980 have been filed with their notice of assessment work in the Petersburg Recorders office (Book 10, pages 933-971, and Book 12, pages 687-738). Most of the Island has been staked at one time or another in the last 20 years and sampled geochemically, some areas repeatedly. In other words, there has been much more work on Woewodski Island, some going back 80 years, than cannot be documented. It is likely that additional mineral occurrences were found as a result of this work, perhaps many more. The details of the types of deposits that were being searched for in specific exploration work are largely undocumented now but in general the search was probably mainly for gold until the 1970's and since then for volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits.
  • Ore Material = (See geologic description.)

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Active

Mining district

District name Kupreanof

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = See the descriptions of individual properties within the area, PE028 to PE033.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Woewodski Island has lured prospectors since at least the 1920's and there are numerous stories and rumors about people who have prospected there and what they found, many of which cannot be documented or verified well. For instance, it is common knowledge that there was a major drilling program carried out by a private company east of Harvey Lake in the mid-1970's and Williams (1953) mentions a prospect of unstated type somewhere between Harvey Lake and what is now called Harrys Lake. In addition, since the 1970's various parts of the Island have been examined by a succession of companies, including Resource Associates of Alaska, Cominco Exploration, Houston Oil and Minerals, Westmin Resources, and others, as well as private individuals. Most of the Island has been staked at one time or another in the last 20 years and sampled geochemically, some areas repeatedly. In other words, there has been much more work on Woewodski Island, some going back 80 years, than cannot be documented. The details of the types of deposits being searched for are unknown but in general the search was probably mainly for gold until the 1970's and since then for volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF PE034

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Brew, D.A., 1997, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Petersburg C-4 quadrangle, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-156-J, 21 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Williams, J.A., 1953, Preliminary report on Maid of Mexico property (Woewodski Island): Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Prospect Evaluation 117-6, 4 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = This description (and see PE028 to PE 033)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Gold quartz vein (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a); and barite facies of a Kuroko massive-sulfide model (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 28a); or alternatively a barite facies of a Sierran Kuroko model (Bliss, 1992; model 28a1)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-NOV-98 H.C. Berg and D.J. Grybeck U.S. Geological Survey