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Unnamed Prospect (ARDF - HE139; west of Tsusena Creek), Valdez Creek District, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, USA

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Location: This prospect is at an elevation of about 4,000 feet, near the drainage divide between Tsusena and Portage creeks. The map site is about 2.2 miles south of peak 5896, in the NW1/4 of in sec. 15, T. 22 S., R. 6 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within 1,000 feet. This is locality D6 of Balen (1990: OFR 34-90).
Geology: The country rocks in the area of this prospect are Upper Triassic calcareous shale, argillite, and siltstone cut by numerous dikes, sills, and plugs of altered diabase and gabbro. These rocks are overlain by Oligocene to Paleocene volcanic flows, and pyroclastic rocks, and intruded by diverse, Tertiary(?) hypabyssal plutons (Wilson and others, 1998). The deposit consists of tin- and silver-bearing quartz veins and a mineralized shear-zone. The ore minerals are cassiterite, chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, and wolframite. Samples of the deposit contained as much as 26.5 ounces of silver per ton, 0.55% tin, 1.2% lead, 5.4% zinc, and 0.66% copper (Balen, 1991).
Workings: The deposit was explored in 1980-81 by detailed geological mapping and geophysical exploration, but the claims later were allowed to lapse (Balen, 1991).
Age: Early Tertiary(?).

Commodities (Major) - Ag, Cu, Sn; (Minor) - Pb, W, Zn
Development Status: None
Deposit Model: Sn veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; 15b)

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6 entries listed. 5 valid minerals.

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Balen, M.D., 1990, Geochemical sampling results from the Bureau of Mines investigations in the Valdez Creek mining district, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 34-90, 218 p., 2 plates, scale 1:250,000. Balen, M.D., and others, 1991, Executive summary of the Bureau of Mines investigations in the Valdez Creek mining district, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Special Publication, 43 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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