Shelton Prospect, Twelvemile Arm, Kasaan Bay, Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan District, Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Borough, Alaska, USA
Location: The Shelton prospect is about 3.4 miles south of Hollis at an elevation of about 1,000 feet. It is about 0.1 mile north of the southwest corner of section 22, T. 74 S., R. 84 E.
Geology: A quartz-calcite vein about 6 feet thick cuts fractured marble associated with schist and phyllite that are part of the Descon Formation of Silurian and Ordovician age (Wright and Wright, 1908; Twenhofel and others, 1949; Eberlein and others, 1983; Brew, 1996). The vein strikes N20E and dips 65 SE, and contains 1 to 2 percent pyrite and chalcopyrite. A 6-foot sample across the vein contained 0.25 percent copper. The prospect was explored by a short drift and a 55-foot winze. Maas and others (1991) were not able to find the workings but did find mining debris near the reported site of the prospect. Their samples of quartz in rubble contained 11.8 to 12.3 parts per million silver and 1.8 to 1.92 percent copper.
Workings: The prospect was explored by a short drift and a 55-foot winze prior to 1908.
Age: Unknown, other than that the vein cuts Silurian or Ordovician marble.
Commodities (Major) - Ag, Cu
Deposit Model: Quartz-calcite vein with pyrite and chalcopyrite.
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4 entries listed. 4 valid minerals.
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