Big River

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308699
Record type Site
Current site name Big River

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -159.93245, 55.93925 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is located on the Alaska Peninsula near the head of Big River, which enters Stepovak Bay just west of Stepanof Flats (Christie, 1974, color anomaly 85; MacKevett and Holloway, 1977, locality 5; Wilson and others, 1988, locality 5). The map site is at an elevation of 1,200 feet, at the northeast corner of sec. 5, T. 49 S., R. 68 W., of the Seward Meridian. The location is accurate to within 1 mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Copper Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Pyrite Ore

Alteration

  • Pyritization.

Nearby scientific data

(1) -159.93245, 55.93925

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks at this site are Quaternary volcanic rocks (Wilson and others, 1995). Christie (1974) described this occurrence as disseminated pyrite in vesicular volcanic rocks. Fields (1977), however, describes a color anomaly near the head of Big River that is developed in pyritized andesites, agglomerates, acid tuffs, and sedimentary rocks. Apparently, there are several color anomalies in this area.
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Alaska Peninsula

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = An Aleut-Quintana-Duval joint venture examined the area in of this occurrence 1974 (Christie, 1974). Bear Creek Mining Company examined it in 1977 (Fields, 1977). The U.S. Geological Survey sampled in this general area in the mid-1980's (Wilson and others, 1988).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF SB005

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    Christie, J.S., 1974, Aleut-Quintana-Duval 1974 joint venture, final report: Unpublished Quintana Minerals Corporation report, 24 p., 3 appendices, 2 maps.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

    Fields, E.D., 1977, 1976 Annual report: Alaska search, Chignik area-Bristol Bay region: Bear Creek Mining Company, 44 p., 22 map sheets. (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

    Arbogast, B.F., Bailey, E.A., and Frisken, J.G., 1987, Analytical results and sample locality maps of stream sediment, heavy-mineral-concentrate, and rock samples from the Port Moller, Stepovak Bay, and Simeonof island quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 87-502, 122 p., 2 sheets, 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.

  • 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 = Christie, 1974

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 02-NOV-2000 S.H. Pilcher U.S. Geological Survey