Unnamed (near VABM Way)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Copper, Iron

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308757
MRDS ID A011359
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (near VABM Way)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.64275, 63.03362 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurence is at an elevation of approximately 5,000 feet, 0.6 mile NW of VABM Way and about 2 miles south of Butte Creek. The site is in sec. 6, T. 22 S., R. 1 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within 1000 feet. This is location 37 of Clark and Cobb (1972).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Iron Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Azurite Ore
Bornite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Magnetite Ore
Malachite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Calcite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 90
USGS model code 24a
Deposit model name Massive sulfide, Cyprus
Mark3 model number 11

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Triassic
    Stratigraphic age (oldest) Permian

Nearby scientific data

(1) -147.64275, 63.03362

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This occurrence is hosted in Middle Triassic to Upper Pennsylvanian metasedimentary rocks, cut by numerous diabasic and gabbroic dikes and sills (Wilson and others, 1998). The deposit consists of copper sulfides disseminated in the mafic units, and of magnetite along fault zones separating limestone and argillite. The sulfide minerals are bornite, chalcopyrite, and pyrite. Malachite and azurite occur in cross-cutting carbonate veins. Some of the sulfide minerals probably are syngenetic with emplacement of their Upper Paleozoic or Triassic mafic hostrocks. The bornite may represent subsequent supergene enrichment.
  • Age = Some of the sulfide minerals probably are syngenetic with their Upper Paleozoic Triassic mafic host rocks. The bornite may represent subsequent supergene enrichment.
  • Age = Host rock is Triassic - Permian.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Valdez Creek

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface workings and exploration only.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF HE164

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., 1915, Broad Pass region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 608, 80 p.

  • Deposit

    Kaufman, M.A., 1964, Geology and mineral deposits of the Denali-Maclaren River area, Alaska: Alaska Division of Mines and Minerals, Geologic Report 4, 15 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:105,000.

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., and Cobb, E.H., 1967, Metalliferous Lode Deposits of Alaska. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1246, 254 p.

  • Deposit

    Wilson, F.H., Dover, J.H., Bradley, D.C., Weber, F.R., Bundtzen, T.K., and Haeussler, P.J., 1998, Geologic map of central (interior) Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-133, 17 p., 2 sheetsm, scale 1:500,000.

  • Deposit

    Clark, A.L., and Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Healy quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-394, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., 1914, Preliminary report on the Broad Pass region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 592-H, p. 301-305.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Clark and Cobb, 1972

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Cyprus massive sulfide (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 24a)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 07-APR-2000 N. Van Wyck (Stevens Exploration Management Corporation) Stevens Exploration Management Corporation