Fish River

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Mercury, Lead

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308268
Record type Site
Current site name Fish River

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -163.34228, 64.84434 (WGS84)
Relative position This mine (?) is apparently located about one mile east of a point where Fish River enters onto the lowlands of the lower Niukluk River valley . It is on the western nose of an east-west ridge at about 400 feet elevation. It is locality 23 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181) and locality 71 of Gamble (1988).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Mercury Primary
Lead Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore

Nearby scientific data

(1) -163.34228, 64.84434

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Mertie (1918) reports that a lead-silver lode is located near here and Gamble (1988) plots its location on the basis of recorded mining claims. Cinnabar is reported to be present and a few flasks of mercury were annually produced for a few years up to 1916 (Mertie, 1918). Bedrock in the area is schistose Ordovician chlorite marble (Till and others, 1986). There is no other information about the deposit.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive ?

Mining district

District name Council

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Mertie (1918) reports that a few flasks of mercury were annually produced for a few years up to at least 1916.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Some small scale workings are probably present but they have not been described.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF SO046

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic resources map of the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-445, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-181, 185 p.

  • Deposit

    Till, A.B., Dumoulin, J.A., Gamble, B. ., Kaufman, D.S., and Carroll, P.I., 1986, Preliminary geologic map and fossil data, Soloman, Bendeleben, and southern Kotzebue quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 86-276, 10 p., 3 plates, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Gamble, B.M., 1988, Non-placer mineral occurrences in the Solomon, Bendeleben, and southern part of the Kotzebue quadrangles, western Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Map MF-1838-B, 13 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1918, Lode mining and prospecting on Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662-H, p. 425-449.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Mertie, 1918

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Lead, silver, and mercury-bearing vein or replacement in schistose marble?

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 19-AUG-99 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology