Columbia

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Tungsten

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308839
MRDS ID A015297
Record type Site
Current site name Columbia
Alternate or previous names Meier
Related records 10002825, 10281889

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.51095, 64.95567 (WGS84)
Relative position The Columbia prospect is located in the NE1/4SE1/4 sec. 34, T. 2 N., R. 1 E., Fairbanks Meridian. This prospect is at an elevation of about 1770 feet on the south flank of Tungsten Hill at the head of Steele Creek. It is just southeast of the Spruce Hen group (FB101), approximately 3.2 miles east of the junction of the Steese and Elliott Highways. The prospect is included in locality 29 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410]).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Tungsten Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Scheelite Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 42
USGS model code 14a
Deposit model name W skarn

Nearby scientific data

(1) -147.51095, 64.95567

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Columbia tungsten deposit consists of quartz-mica schist cut by quartz-scheelite stringers, under a hanging wall of porphyritic granite (Byers, 1957; Mertie, 1917). Workings in 1932 consisted of two adits, two shafts, a pit, and four trenches, all of which were caved by the 1950's (Byers, 1957).

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 = The workings in 1932 consisted of two adits, two shafts, a pit, and four trenches, all of which were caved by the 1950's (Byers, 1957).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF FB102
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015297
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS D002639

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Mertie, J.B. Jr., 1917, Lode mining in the Fairbanks District, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662-H, p. 403-424.

  • Deposit

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

  • Deposit

    Thorne, R.L., Muir, N.M., Erickson, A.W., Thomas, B. I., Hedie, H. E., and Wright, W. S., 1948, Tungsten deposits of Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Report of Investigation 4174, 22 p.

  • Deposit

    Byers, F.M., Jr., 1957, Tungsten deposits in the Fairbanks district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1024-I, p. 179-216.

  • Deposit

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

    Mulligan, J.J., 1974, Mineral resources of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline corridor: U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 8626, 24 p.

  • 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

    Thorne, R.L., Muir, N.M., Erickson, A.W., Thomas, B. I., Hedie, H. E., and Wright, W. S., 1948, Tungsten deposits of Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Report of Investigation 4174, 51 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Byers, 1957

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = W skarn deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 14a)

Reporter information

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