USGS

U.S. Geological Survey
Open-File Report 98-136

Summary Terrane, Mineral Deposit, and Metallogenic Belt Maps of the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera

By Warren J. Nokleberg1, Timothy D. West2, Kenneth M. Dawson4, Vladimir I. Shpikerman5, Thomas K. Bundtzen7, Leonid M. Parfenov3, James W.H. Monger4, Vladimir V. Ratkin11, Boris V. Baranov6, Stanislauv G. Byalobzhesky5, Michael F. Diggles1, Roman A. Eremin5, Kazuya Fujita8, Steven P. Gordey4, Mary E. Gorodinskiy9, Nikolai A. Goryachev5, Tracey D. Feeney4, Yuri F. Frolov10, Arthur Grantz1, Alexander I. Khanchuck11, Richard D. Koch1, Boris A. Natalin12, Lev M. Natapov13, Ian O. Norton14, William W. Patton, Jr.1, George Plafker1, Anany I. Pozdeev10, Ilya S. Rozenblum9, David W. Scholl1, Sergei D. Sokolov6, Gleb M. Sosunov9, David B. Stone15, Rowland W. Tabor1, Nickolai V. Tsukanov6, and Tracy L. Vallier1

1998

Prepared in Collaboration With:

Geological Survey of Canada
Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Committee on Geology
Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys
Exxon Production Research Company
Michigan State University
University of Alaska

1 U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park
2 Natural Resources Canada
3 Russian Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk
4 Geological Survey of Canada, Vancouver
5 Russian Academy of Sciences, Magadan
6 Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
7 Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks
8 Michigan State University, East Lansing
9 Geological Committee of Northeastern Russia, Magadan
10 Geological Committee of Kamchatka, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
11 Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok
12 Russian Academy of Sciences, Khabarovsk
13 Russian Committee on Geology, Moscow
14 Exxon Production Research, Houston
15 University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Warren Nokleberg
Telephone, 650-329-5732
Fax, 650-329-5490
e-mail, wnokleberg@usgs.gov

Tim West
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Fax, 613-996-8748
e-mail, twest@NRCan.gc.ca

ASSOCIATED STUDIES

The report is part of a project on the major mineral deposits, metallogenesis, and tectonics of the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera. The project is to provide critical information for collaborators and customers on bedrock geology and geophysics, tectonics, major metalliferous mineral resources, metallogenic patterns, and crustal origin and evolution of mineralizing systems for the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera.

The major scientific goals and benefits of the project are to:1 provide a comprehensive international data base on the mineral resources of the region that is the first, extensive knowledge available in English;2 provide major new interpretations of the origin and crustal evolution of mineralizing systems and their host rocks, thereby enabling enhanced, broad-scale tectonic reconstructions and interpretations; and3 promote trade and scientific and technical exchanges between the North America and Eastern Asia. Data from the project are providing sound scientific data and interpretations for commercial firms, governmental agencies, universities, and individuals that are developing new ventures and studies in the project area, and for land- use planning studies that deal with both mineral potential issues. The Russian Far East part of the project (as well as Alaska and the Canadian Cordillera) has vast potential for known and undiscovered mineral deposits; however, little information existed in English in the West until publication of products from this project. Consequently, data and interpretations from the project are providing basic knowledge for major scientific, commercial, national, and international endeavors by other interested individuals and groups.

The major collaborating agencies for the project are the Russian Academy of Sciences, ROSKOMNEDRA, the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, the Geological Survey of Canada, the U.S. Geological Survey, Stanford University, the University of Alaska, Michigan State University, Exxon Production Research, and the Geological Survey of Japan. Other Western collaborators are Stanford University, the Northwest Mining Association, the Alaska Miners Association, and the Society of Economic Geologists. Customers include scientists and managers in major governmental agencies, universities, private environmental, resource, and information companies, news media, and professional organizations in North America, Eastern Asia, and the Russian Far East. A major international customer is the Commerce Working Group of the Gore- Chernomydrin Commission (GCC) chaired by Vice-President Gore (USA) and Premier Chernomydrin (Russia).

Published major companion studies for the project are:1 a report on the metallogenesis of mainland Alaska and the Russian Northeast (Nokleberg and others, 1993);2 a tectono-stratigraphic terrane map of the Circum-North Pacific at 5.0 million scale with a detailed explanation of map units and stratigraphic columns (Nokleberg and others, 1994);3 a summary terrane map of the Circum-North Pacific at 10 million scale (Nokleberg and others, 1997a,b);4 detailed tables of mineral deposits and placer districts for the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera in paper format (Nokleberg and others, 1996) and in CD-ROM format (Nokleberg and others, 1997c); and a forcoming GIS compilation of geologic and geophysical data for the Circum- North Pacific. A pamphlet describing the project and result publications is available on the Internet at http://minerals.er.usgs.gov/wr/projects/majdeps.html

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We thank the many geologists who have worked with us for their valuable expertise on geology, metallogenesis, and tectonics in various regions of the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera. In particular we thank J.N. Aleinikoff, Yu.V. Arkhipov, H.C. Berg, R.B. Blodgett, S.E. Box, D.C. Bradley, D.A. Brew, M.D. Bulgakova, S.G. Byalobzhesky, J. Decker, Cynthia Dusel-Bacon, H.L. Foster, V.V. Gaiduk, B.M. Gamble, V.V. Golozubov, D.G. Howell, D.L. Jones, S.M. Karl, S.V. Kovalenko, W.C. McClelland, E.M. MacKevett, Jr., A.V. Makhinin, M.V. Martynyuk, M.L. Miller, T.P. Miller, L.Ph. Mishin, E.J. Moll-Stalcup, J.W.H. Monger, T.E. Moore, L.M. Natapov, S.W. Nelson, B.A. Natal'in, V.S. Oxman, S.A. Palandzhyan, I.V. Panchenko, T.L. Pavlis, L.M. Parfenov, L.I. Popeko, A.V. Prokopiev, J.C. Reed, Jr., D.H. Richter, S.M. Roeske, N.J. Silberling, T.E. Smith, S.D. Sokolov, A.B. Till, F.F. Tret‚yakov, A.N. Vishnevskiy, I.G. Volkodav, W.K. Wallace, G.R. Winkler, L.P. Zonenshain, and Yu.P. Zmievsky for their many fruitful discussions. We also thank Ch.B. Borykayev, the late William R. Greenwood, B.A. Morgan III, I.Ya. Nekrasov, A.T. Ovenshine, P.P. Hearn, A.A. Sidorov, T.E. Smith, D.J. Templeman-Kluit, and W.H. White for their encouragement and support of the project. We thank Russian interpreters, the late Lidiya I. Kovbas, and Tatyana L. Koryakina, Tatyana N. Velikoda, Elena Burak, and Elena V. Alekseenko for their skill and assistance during long and complex scientific dialogues, and for translation of complex geologic descriptions and references. We also thank John C. Balla and Boris B. Kotylar for their constructive reviews.

REFERENCES CITED

Nokleberg, W.J., Bundtzen, T.K., Dawson, K.M., Eremin, R.A., Goryachev, N.A., Koch, R.D. Ratkin, V.V., Rozenblum, I.S., Shpikerman, V.I., Frolov, Y.F., Gorodinsky, M.E., Melnikov, V.D., Ognyanov, N.V., Petrachenko, E.D., Petrachenko, R.I., Pozdeev, A.I., Ross, K.V., Wood, D.H., Grybeck, Donald, Khanchuk, A.I., Kovbas, L.I., Nekrasov, I.Ya., and Sidorov, A.A., 1996, Significant metalliferous lode deposits and placer districts for the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera U.S. Geological Survey Open- File Report 96- 513-A (paper format), 385 p.

Nokleberg, W.J., Bundtzen, T.K., Dawson, K.M., Eremin, R.A., Goryachev, N.A., Koch, R.D., Ratkin, V.V., Rozenblum, I.S., Shpikerman, V.I., Frolov, Y.F., Gorodinsky, M.E., Melnikov, V.D., Ognyanov, N.V., Petrachenko, E.D., Petrachenko, R.I., Pozdeev, A.I., Ross, K.V., Wood, D.H., Grybeck, Donald, Khanchuk, A.I., Kovbas, L.I., Nekrasov, I.Ya., and Sidorov, A.A. 1997c: Significant metalliferous lode deposits and placer districts for the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera: U.S. Geological Survey Open- File Report 96-513-B, CD-ROM.

Nokleberg, W.J., Bundtzen, T.K., Grybeck, Donald, Koch, R.D., Eremin, R.A., Rozenblum, I.S., Sidorov, A.A., Byalobzhesky, S.G., Sosunov, G.M., Shpikerman, V.I., and Gorodinsky, M.E., 1993, Metallogenesis of mainland Alaska and the Russian Northeast: Mineral deposit maps, models, and tables, metallogenic belt maps and interpretation, and references cited: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 93-339, 222 pages, 1 map, scale 1:4,000,000; 5 maps, scale 1:10,000,000.

Nokleberg, W.J., Parfenov, L.M., and Monger, J.W.H., and Baranov, B.V., Byalobzhesky, S.G., Bundtzen, T.K., Feeney, T.D., Fujita, Kazuya, Gordey, S.P., Grantz, Arthur, Khanchuk, A.I., Natal'in, B.A., Natapov, L.M., Norton, I.O., Patton, W.W., Jr., Plafker, George, Scholl, D.W., Sokolov, S.D., Sosunov, G.M., Stone, D.B., Tabor, R.W., Tsukanov, N.V., Vallier, T.L. and Wakita, Koji, 1994, Circum- North Pacific tectono-stratigraphic terrane map: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94- 714, 2 sheets, scale 1:5,000,000; 2 sheets, scale 1:10,000,000, 211 p.

Nokleberg, W.J., Parfenov, L.M., and Monger, J.W.H., Baranov, B.V., Byalobzhesky, S.G., Bundtzen, T.K., Feeney, T.D., Fujita, Kazuya, Gordey, S.P., Grantz, Arthur, Khanchuk, A.I., Natal'in, B.A., Natapov, L.M., Norton, I.O., Patton, W.W., Jr., Plafker, George, Scholl, D.W., Sokolov, S.D., Sosunov, G.M., Stone, D.B., Tabor, R.W., Tsukanov, N.V., and Vallier, T.L., 1997a, Summary Circum- North Pacific tectono-stratigraphic terrane map: Geological Survey of Open-File 3428, scale 1:10,000,000.

Nokleberg, W.J., Parfenov, L.M., and Monger, J.W.H., Baranov, B.V., Byalobzhesky, S.G., Bundtzen, T.K., Feeney, T.D., Fujita, Kazuya, Gordey, S.P., Grantz, Arthur, Khanchuk, A.I., Natal'in, B.A., Natapov, L.M., Norton, I.O., Patton, W.W., Jr., Plafker, George, Scholl, D.W., Sokolov, S.D., Sosunov, G.M., Stone, D.B., Tabor, R.W., Tsukanov, N.V., and Vallier, T.L., 1997b, Summary Circum- North Pacific tectono-stratigraphic terrane map: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-727, scale 1:10,000,000.


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