McQueen

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308500
MRDS ID A015251
Record type Site
Current site name McQueen
Related records 10101016

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.08601, 64.87272 (WGS84)
Relative position The McQueen prospect is located in the NE1/4 sec. 35 and NW1/4 sec. 36, T. 1 N., R. 3 W., Fairbanks Meridian. This prospect is at an elevation of about 1910 feet and is about 0.8 mile west-southwest of Ester Dome.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Alteration

  • (Local) Supergene alteration is attributed to weathering. Hydrothermal alteration includes pervasive cross-cutting sericitic and silicic alteration and stockworks of quartz-sericite-sulfide veins spatially associated with megascopic and smaller scale pre-existing brittle structures (Rogers and others, 1998).

Nearby scientific data

(1) -148.08601, 64.87272

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = In the 1990's the McQueen prospect was investigated for its gold potential. Previously, stibnite had been mined nearby (FB017). In 1990 and 1992, American Copper and Nickel Co. conducted soil sampling that defined a area that was nomalous in gold approximately 300 meters long; the values varied from 250 to 500 ppb gold. Additional soil sampling in the area revealed that this prospect is part of a northeast-trending soil anomaly that extends from the Irad prospect (FB045) to the headwaters of Sheep Creek (Rogers and others, 1998). Drilling by Placer Dome Exploration, Inc., in 1998 confirmed that the gold anomaly is related to a northeast-striking, high-angle fault that localizes the gold mineralization (Rogers and others, 1998).? Bedrock at this site is Fairbanks Schist that consists of quartz-muscovite schist, quartzite, and chlorite-quartz schist (Newberry and others, 1996). Supergene alteration is attributed to weathering. Hydrothermal alteration includes pervasive cross-cutting sericitic and silicic alteration and stockworks of quartz-sericite-sulfide veins spatially associated with megascopic and smaller scale pre-existing brittle structures (Rogers and others, 1998).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Fairbanks

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = From 1990 to 1992, American Copper and Nickel Co. (ACNC) collected soil samples at the prospect and defined an area of anomalous gold about 300 meters long. Airborne geophysical surveys were conducted by the State of Alaska and by ACNC. In 1998, Placer Dome Exploration, Inc., conducted a ground-based magnetic geophysical survey; VLF data was also collected. Two core holes and one trench were also completed by Placer Dome.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF FB016

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., 1916, Antimony deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 649, 67 p.

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., 1916, Antimony deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 649, 67 p.

  • Deposit

    Chapin, Theodore, 1919, Mining in the Fairbanks district: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 692-F, p. 321-327.

  • Deposit

    Hill, J.M., 1933, Lode deposits of the Fairbanks District, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 849-B, p. 29-163.

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    Ebbley, N., and Wright, W.S., 1948, Antimony deposits in Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Report of Investigations 4173, 41 p.

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    Killeen, P.L., and Mertie, J.B., 1951, Antimony ore in the Fairbanks District, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 51-46, 43 p.

  • Deposit

    Chapman, R.M., and Foster, R.L., 1969, Lode mines and prospects in the Fairbanks district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 625-D, 25 p., 1 plate.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-410, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-662, 174 p.

  • Deposit

    Rogers, J.A., McCoy, D. T., Nerup, M., Yuengling, K., Bean, K., Cameron, C., Grahm, G., Frantz, P., and Athey, J., 1998, Placer Dome-Silverado lease, 1998 annual report for Ester Dome: 68 p. (Report held by Range Minerals, Inc., North Pole, AK 99705.)

  • Deposit

    Newberry, R.J., Bundtzen, T.K., Clautice, K.C., Combellick, R.A., Douglas, T., Laird, G.M., Liss, S.A., Pinney, D.S., Reifenstuhl, R.R., and Solie, D.N., 1996, Preliminary geologic map of the Fairbanks mining district, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Public Data File 96-16, 17 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Rogers and others, 1998

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Schist-hosted gold-quartz vein

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 J.R. Guidetti Schaefer Avalon Development Corporation
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 C.J. Freeman Avalon Development Corporation