Unnamed Occurrence (ARDF - KC142), Ham Island, Ketchikan District, Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Borough, Alaska, USA
Location: This site consists of three occurrences on the southwest shore of Ham Island, about midway in Cascade Inlet. The 0.2-mile-long strip of shoreline that contains the occurrences is in sections 22 and 23, T. 77 S., R. 93 E., of the Copper River Meridian. The site corresponds to loc. 10 in Berg (1972 [I 684]), loc. 139 in Elliott and others (1978), and loc. 25a-c in Karl (1992). The location is accurate within 0.1 mile.
Geology: The country rocks at this site are Jurassic and Cretaceous flyschlike metasedimentary rocks that grade upward into andesitic or basaltic metavolcanic rocks (Berg, 1972). The rocks were regionally metamorphosed to greenschist-grade phyllite and semischist in Late Cretaceous time. The occurrences consist of traces of gold in quartz fissure veins that cut the metasedimentary rocks, and traces of gold in a small beach placer. A pan concentrate of beach gravel contained 0.05 ppm Au, 500 ppm Cu, and 200 ppm Pb; and samples of pyritic tuff and a quartz-pyrite vein respectively contained 0.7 ppm Ag and 0.05 ppm Au (Karl, 1992, loc. 25a-c).
Age: Fissure veins are Cretaceous or younger; placer is Holocene.
Commodities (Major) - Au
Development Status: None
Deposit Model: Low-sulfide Au-quartz veins; Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; models 36a, 3
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2 entries listed. 2 valid minerals.
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Berg, H.C., 1972, Geologic map of Annette Island, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Geologic Investigations Map I-684, 8 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360. Elliott, R.L., Berg, H.C., and Karl, S.M.,1978, Map and table describing metalliferous and selected non-metalliferous mineral deposits in the Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-73B, 17 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000. Karl, S.M., 1992, Map and table of mineral deposits on Annette Island, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-690, 57 p., 1 map, scale 1:63,360.
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