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Ibex Saddle Prospect, Hyder District, Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Borough, Alaska, USA

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Location: The Ibex Saddle prospect (Maas, 1995, p. 233, 235, 245) is in the south part of Section 1 at an elevation of about 4500 feet, adjacent to the west margin of a small lobe of Texas Glacier at the head of Ibex Creek. The location is accurate within about 0.1 mile.
Geology: The country rocks in the area of the Ibex Saddle prospect are pelitic metasedimentary and subordinate andesitic volcanic strata of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton Group, which is underlain and locally intruded by the Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite; and the Eocene Hyder Quartz Monzonite, which intrudes the Hazelton and Texas Creek rocks (Smith, 1997; Koch, 1996). Maas and others (1995, p. 235, 245) describe the deposit as sulfide-bearing silicified[?] andesite. The sulfides are pyrite, galena, and sphalerite. Samples of the deposit collected by the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1992 or 1993 contain up to 656 ppb Au, 40.7 ppm Ag, 2705 ppm Cu, 2.6% Pb, and 7.5% Zn. Lead-isotope studies of galena from the Ibex Saddle prospect (Maas and others, 1995, p. 235) indicate that the deposit is Jurassic in age, contemporaneous, at least in part, with island-arc volcanism in Hazelton time (Alldrick, 1993).
Workings: Samples of the deposit collected by the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1992 or 1993 (Maas and others, 1995, p. 245) contain up to 656 ppb Au, 40.7 ppm Ag, 2705 ppm Cu, 2.6% Pb, and 7.5% Zn.
Age: Lead-isotope studies of galena from the Ibex Saddle prospect (Maas and others, 1995, p. 235) indicate that the deposit is Jurassic in age, contemporaneous, at least in part, with island-arc volcanism in Hazelton time (Alldrick, 1993).
Alteration: Andesite hostrock is silicified and impregnated with sulfide minerals.

Commodities (Major) - Ag, Pb, Zn
Development Status: None
Deposit Model: Polymetallic veins

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References

Alldrick, D.J., 1993, Geology and metallogeny of the Stewart mining camp, northwestern British Columbia: British Columbia Department of Mines and Petroleum Resources Bulletin 85, 105 p., 2 plates, scale 1:50,000. Koch, R.D., 1996 [In press), Reconnaissance geologic map of the Bradfield Canal quadrangle, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000. Maas, K.M., Bittenbender, P E., and Still, J.C., 1995, Mineral investigations in the Ketchikan mining district, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 11-95, 606 p. Smith, J.G., 1977, Geology of the Ketchikan D-1 and Bradfield Canal A-1 quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1425, 49 p., 1 plate.

 
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