Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Lead, Zinc, Arsenic, Barium-Barite

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308098
Record type Site
Current site name Pmrgx-17

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -160.54943, 55.54724 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is located on the Alaska Peninsula about 1 mile east of Balboa Bay. The map site is at an elevation of about 1,000 feet, at the center of sec. 36, T. 53 S., R. 74 W., Seward Meridian (Christie, 1974, color anomaly 77; Wilson and others, 1988, locality 66). The site is referred to as PMRGX-17 in Wilson and others (1988). The location is accurate to within 1,200 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary
Arsenic Secondary
Barium-Barite Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Pyrite Ore


  • (Local) The volcanic rocks here exhibit argillic alteration.

Nearby scientific data

(1) -160.54943, 55.54724

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This occurrence is a 3,000- by 5,000-foot color anomaly (Christie, 1974). The country rocks in the area of the anomaly are volcanic breccias and agglomerates underlain by arkosic and argillaceous sedimentary rock. The volcanic rock, mapped as Miocene (Wilson and others, 1995), is interpreted by Christie to be a vent complex containing sulfides that may be related to fumarolic activity. The rocks exhibit argillic alteration. A silt sample collected by an Aleut-Quintana-Duval joint venture in 1974 contained 0.34 ppm gold. Three samples collected by the U.S. Geological Survey in the mid-1980's were reported to be anomalous in arsenic, barium, gold, lead, and zinc (Wilson and others, 1988).
  • Age = Miocene or younger.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Alaska Peninsula

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = An Aleut-Quintana-Duval joint venture briefly mapped and took silt samples in this area in 1974. One sample contained 0.34 ppm gold. Samples 83AYb554, and 557-558 collected during U.S. Geological Survey studies in the mid-1980s were reported to be anomalous in arsenic, barium, lead, and zinc (Wilson and others, 1988).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF PM021

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Christie, J.S., 1974, Aleut-Quintana-Duval 1974 joint venture, final report: Unpublished Quintana Minerals Corporation report, 24 p., 3 appendices, 2 maps. (Report held by the Aleut Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska.)

  • Deposit

    Angeloni, L.M., Wilson, F.H., and Sutlet, S., 1985, Map and tables showing preliminary rock geochemical data, Port Moller, Stepovak Bay, and Simeonof Island quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 85-470, 179 p., 1 map sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Wilson, F.H., White, W.H., and DuBois, G.D., 1988, Brief descriptions of mines, prospects, and mineral occurrences in the Port Moller and Stepovak Bay quadrangles, Alaska Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 88-666, 128 p., scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Wilson, F.H., Detterman, R.L., Miller, J. W., and Case, J.E., 1995, Geologic map of the Port Moller, Stepovak Bay, and Simeonof Island quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigation Series Map I-2272, 1 map sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Christie, 1974

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Other Comments = the site is located on land selected or patented by, or interim-conveyed to, the Aleut Corporation.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 24-JAN-01 S.H. Pilcher U.S. Geological Survey