Unnamed Occurrence (ARDF - MD004), McGrath District, Yukon-Koyukuk Borough, Alaska, USA
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Location: Occurrence is situated on an isolated knob one mile (1.6 km) south of Sischu Creek at an elevation of 2,000 feet (609 m) in Section 3, T. 18 S., R. 29 E., of the Kateel River Meridian. Location is accurate to within 100 feet (30 meters).
Geology: Miller and others (1980) reported anomalous thorium and uranium from the Sischu Volcanics. Clautice and others (1993) noted extensive development of smoky quartz and large limonitically stained zones in outcrop. Inferred to be early Tertiary, based on isotopic ages from Sischu Volcanics (Moll and others, 1981). Miller and others (1980) report values of 25.4 ppm uranium and 68.9 ppm thorium. Clautice and others (1993) reports values from six grab samples ranging from 27.0 to 73.2 ppm thorium 7.3 to 51.5 ppm uranium, 39 to 55 ppm niobium, up to 240 ppm cerium, and elevated tungsten and REE values.
Workings: Miller and others (1980) report values of 25.4 ppm uranium and 68.9 ppm thorium. Clautice reports values from six grab samples ranging from 27.0 to 73.2 ppm thorium, 7.3 to 51.5 ppm uranium, 39 to 55 ppm niobium, up to 240 ppm cerium, and elevated tungsten and REE values.
Age: Inferred to be early Tertiary, based on isotopic ages from Sischu Volcanics (Moll and others, 1981).
Alteration: Smoky quartz.
Commodities (Major) - Nb, Th, U; (Minor) - Ce, REE, W
Development Status: No
Deposit Model: Volcanogenic Uranium (Cox and Singer, 1986; model no. 25f)
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Clautice, K.H., Bowman, N.D., Clough, J.G., Gilbert, W.G., Kline, J.T., Smith, T.E., and Blodgett, R.B., 1993, Land selection Unit 8 (Kantishna River, Ruby, and Medfra quadrangles); References, lead isotope, geochemical and major oxide data: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 42 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000. Miller, T.P., Moll, E.J., and Patton, W.W. Jr., 1980, Uranium and thorium rich volcanic rocks of the Sischu Creek area, Medfra quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-803, 9 p.