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Mineral deposits and metallogeny of Alaska

July 13, 2016

Alaska, the largest State within the United States, and mainly located north of latitude 60°, is an important part of the Circum-Arctic region. Alaska is a richly endowed region with a long and complex geologic history. The mining history is short by world standards but nevertheless there are a number of world-class deposits in Alaska, of which Red Dog and Pebble are among the largest of their respective types in the world.

Alaska is a collection of geologic terranes or regions having distinct histories, most of which were tectonically assembled in the period from 400 million years to 50 million years ago (late Paleozoic through early Tertiary). They now occur as numerous fault-bounded blocks in the northernmost part of the North American Cordillera on the western margin of the Laurentian craton. These terranes are comprised of rocks ranging in age from Paleoproterozoic to Recent.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title Mineral deposits and metallogeny of Alaska
Authors Richard J. Goldfarb, Corey J. Meighan, Lawrence D. Meinert, Frederic H. Wilson
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70188828
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center