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Results of geological and geochemical investigations in an area northwest of the Chulitna River, central Alaska Range

Circular 617

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Abstract

Sedimentary and volcanic rock units of Paleozoic and Mesozoic age, faults, and elongate bodies of intrusive rock, particularly serpentinites, have a dominant northeasterly trend in an area northwest of the Chulitna River between Eldridge Glacier and Bull River. The serpentinites locally contain abnormal (as much as 0.5 percent) concentrations of nickel, have one newly identified occurrence of chromite, and are hosts to small epigenetic lodes containing copper, gold, and silver. Other epigenetic concentrations of copper or other metals occur in interlayered basalt and limestone at Partin and Canyon Creeks in the southwestern part of the area and in porphyry near Costello Creek in the northern part of the area. Tin occurs in greisen on upper Ohio Creek, and abnormal concentrations of tin also characterize mineralized rocks along Canyon Creek and at a prospect near Long Creek. Mineralized rocks characterized by silver, lead, and zinc crop out near Lookout Mountain. Anomalous concentrations of gold and other metals occur in stream sediments at isolated sites in upper Long Creek and at Coal Creek, as well as in several areas near known lode mineral occurrences. Shotgun and McCallie Creeks both contain stream sediments with anomalous concentrations of metals and both head into the basalt-limestone unit which is the host rock at Partin and Canyon Creeks; these facts suggest that other concentrations may be found.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Results of geological and geochemical investigations in an area northwest of the Chulitna River, central Alaska Range
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
617
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1969
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
[U.S. Geological Survey],
Description:
iii, 19 p. :maps. ;27 cm.