Moller Spit

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Iron, Titanium, Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308111
Record type Site
Current site name Moller Spit

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -160.55246, 55.93924 (WGS84)
Relative position This site represents approximately 5 miles of sampled beach placer deposits on the Alaska Peninsula on the east coast of Port Moller. The sampling extended northeast from Harbor Point to sec. 33, T. 48 S., R. 72 W., of the Seward Meridian (Cobb, 1972 [MF433], locality 8; Cobb, 1973 [B 1374], locality 3; MacKevett and Holloway, 1977, locality 8; Wilson and others, 1988, locality 8). The sampling extended onto the Chignik A-8 map sheet (see Pilcher, 2000, loc. CG004). The map site is the approximate midpoint of the section of beach sampled, at the west boundary of sec. 15, T. 49 S., R. 73 W., of the Seward Meridian.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Iron Primary
Titanium Primary
Gold Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Ilmenite Ore
Magnetite Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 121
USGS model code 39c
BC deposit profile C01. C02
Deposit model name Shoreline placer Ti

Nearby scientific data

(1) -160.55246, 55.93924

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This occurrence consists of beach placer deposits of ilmenite and titaniferous magnetite in a sand spit that is partly moraine. Seven shovel samples were collected over this 5-mile section of beach (Berryhill, 1963). In the magnetic fraction, iron content ranged from 1.1 to 191.4 pounds per cubic yard and the titanium oxide content ranged from 0.3 to 42.4 pounds per cubic yard. In the non-magnetic fraction, titanium oxide ranged to 10.2 pounds per cubic yard (two samples only).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Alaska Peninsula

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF PM035

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Berryhill, R.V., 1963, Reconnaissance of beach sands, Bristol Bay, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Report of Investigations 6214, 48 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1973, Placer deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1374, 213 p.

  • 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

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous mineral deposits in the western part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-F, 38 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Berryhill, 1963

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Shoreline placer Ti (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39c)
Deposit Other Comments = This site is located on land owned by the state.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 02-JAN-01 S.H. Pilcher U.S. Geological Survey