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Unnamed Occurrence (ARDF - HE164; near VABM Way), Valdez Creek District, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, USA

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Location: 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).
Geology: 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.
Workings: Surface workings and exploration only.
Age: Some of the sulfide minerals probably are syngenetic with their Upper Paleozoic Triassic mafic host rocks. The bornite may represent subsequent supergene enrichment.

Commodities (Major) - Cu, Fe
Development Status: None
Deposit Model: Cyprus massive sulfide (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 24a)

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8 entries listed. 8 valid minerals.

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Berg, H.C., and Cobb, E.H., 1967, Metalliferous lode deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1246, 254 p. 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. 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. Moffit, F.H., 1912, Headwater regions of Gulkana and Susitna Rivers, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 498, 82 p. Moffit, F.H., 1914, Preliminary report on the Broad Pass region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 592-H, p. 301-305. Moffit, F.H., 1915, Broad Pass region, Alaska, with sections on Quaternary deposits, igneous rocks, glaciations By J.E. Pogue: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 608, 80 p. Saunders, R.H., 1961, Susitna-MacClaren area: Alaska Division of Mines and Mineral Report for the year 1961, 40 p. 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, 76 p., 3 sheets, scale 1:500,000.

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