Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Gold, Arsenic, Copper, Mercury, Molybdenum

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308469
Record type Site
Current site name Wind
Alternate or previous names Steeple Mountain

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -168.22237, 53.27907 (WGS84)
Relative position The Wind prospect is located approximately 2 1/2 miles due east of VABM Ande and corresponds to Christie's (1974) color anomaly 30. This site is a part of Kennecott's Steeple Mountain prospect (Simpson, 1985; Bundtzen and others, 1990, locality 25). The site location is accurate to within 1/2 mile.. This site is one of many occurrences or prospects that occur within a 5 square-mile area, mostly within T. 80 S., R. 131 W., of the Seward Meridian. The center of this area is approximately located at VABM Ande.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Gold Primary
Arsenic Secondary
Copper Secondary
Mercury Secondary
Molybdenum Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Gold Ore
Molybdenite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) The volcanic rocks exhibit regional propylitic alteration overprinted by silicification, and local potassium flooding or secondary growth on primary feldspars (Randolph and Ellis, 1989). Trace amonts of adularia has been identified as fracture coatings. No argillic alteration has been recognized. Some pyrite-filled fractures show narrow kaolinite-epidote-sericite alteration envelopes. Quartz veins may be accompanied by pyritization and silicification in the surrounding wall rock.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 106
USGS model code 25b
Deposit model name Epithermal vein, Creede
Mark3 model number 58

Nearby scientific data

(1) -168.22237, 53.27907

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This site is marked by a color anomaly measuring approximately 10,000 by 6,000 feet. The rocks consist of Tertiary volcanics of probable andesitic composition which have been regionally propylitized and contain localized zones of silicification and quartz stockwork veining. Randolph and Ellis (1989) believe the prospect represents the exposed parts of one continuous uplifted block of basement rock. Quartz veins are numerous and exhibit cockscomb structure and boiling zone breccias. They are said to resemble a gigantic stockwork, with veins ranging from <1 to 6 feet in width. Some veins, however, are up to 40 feet in width and can be traced for 7000 feet. Large faults have produced wide zones of quartz-filled breccias containing clasts of up to 6 feet across. The quartz is usually white and contains few visible sulfides. The veins are enriched in arsenic, mercury, and molybdedum and locally in gold and silver. The highest metal values obtained are: 396 ppm arsenic, 64 ppm copper, 685 ppb gold, >5ppb mercury, 187 ppm molybdenum, 7.3 ppm silver, and 52 ppm zinc (Christie, 1974; Randolph and Ellis, 1989).
  • Age = Late Tertiary or younger.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Aleutian Islands

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = In 1974 the Aleut-Quintana-Duval JV did reconnaissance mapping and sampling of this prospect as a follow-up of the discovery of numerous color anomalies. Analyses of 9 rock samples indicated values of up to 64 ppm copper, <.01 ppm gold, 6.3 ppm molybdenum, 1.4 ppm silver, and 52 ppm zinc (Christie, 1974). Kennecott sampled and mapped in this general area in 1985 (Simpson, 1985). In 1989, Battle Mountain Exploration did detailed mapping, sampling, and geophysics. The sampling (119 rock samples) gave values of up to 396 ppm arsenic, 685 ppb gold, > 5 ppm mercury, 187 ppm molybdenum, and 7.3 ppm silver.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF UK007

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

    Randolph, D.B., and Ellis, W.T., 1989, Unalaska project, 1989 final report: Battle Mountain Exploration Company, Alaska District, 41 p., 5 appendices, 11 plates, various scales. (Report held by the Aleut Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska.)

  • Deposit

    Bundtzen, T.K., Swainbank, R.C., Deagen, J.R. and Moore, J.L., 1990, Alaska's mineral industry 1989: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Special Report 44, 100 p.

  • Deposit

    Simpson, D.F., 1986, Aleutian Islands project, 1985 final report: Kennecott-Alaska Exploration Company, 54 p. (Report held by the Aleut Native Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska).

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Randolph and Ellis, 1989

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Creede epithermal veins? (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 25b)
Deposit Other Comments = This site is on land conveyed, patented, or selected by the Aleut Native Corporation.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 27-JAN-00 S.H. Pilcher U.S. Geological Survey