Asbestos occurrence in the Eagle C-4 quadrangle, Alaska

Circular 611



An asbestos occurrence was discovered in a remote part of the Eagle quadrangle, Alaska, in the summer of 1968 during geologic reconnaissance in connection with the U.S. Geological Survey's Heavy Metals program. The exposed part of the deposit consists of large joint blocks of serpentine which are cut by closely spaced subparallel veins. Most of the veins are about ? inch thick, and they consist of cross-fiber chrysotile asbestos. The asbestos appears to be of commercial quality, but the total quantity is unknown. The asbestos occurs in a serpentinized ultramafic mass which appears to intrude metamorphic rocks. Many other serpentinized ultramafic masses are known in the Eagle quadrangle, but this is the first one in which considerable asbestos has been found. The deposit is of importance because it shows that geologic conditions are locally favorable for the formation of asbestos in the Yukon-Tanana Upland, and hope of finding commercial asbestos deposits thus seems possible.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Asbestos occurrence in the Eagle C-4 quadrangle, Alaska
Series title Circular
Series number 611
DOI 10.3133/cir611
Edition -
Year Published 1969
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description iii, 7 p. :maps. ;26 cm.
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