Mineral Resources

Request for information on Alaskan mining and mineral activity

Your help is crucial in the compilation of future Alaska Minerals Reports. The quality and completeness of the information in the annual reports is dependent on input from all members of the mineral industry. Please take time to fill out the current mining and mineral activity questionnaire below. All responses to the questionnaire will remain confidential unless specifically released by the respondent.

Projects

The Mineral Resources Section collects, analyzes, and makes available information on the geological and geophysical framework of Alaska as it pertains to the mineral resources of the state. Summary maps and reports illustrate the geology of the state's prospective mineral terranes and provide data on the location, type, and potential of the state's mineral resources. These data aid in the state's management of mineral development, and help to encourage mineral exploration in Alaska, which provides employment opportunities and revenue for Alaska's citizens.

Mineral Resources FY14 project descriptions

  • Alaska mineral industry report - Annual Alaska mineral industry report provides information about exploration, development, and production of Alaska's mineral resources.
  • Alaska strategic and critical minerals assessment project - The goals of this 3-year project are (1) to compile historic and industry-donated data in digital format; (2) to obtain new field and analytical data critical for assessing REE potential; (3) to evaluate the historic and new data to identify areas of Alaska with the highest REE potential, as well as those needing additional geologic evaluation; (4) to communicate the results of our work to the public; and (5) to publish the data and results of our studies on the DGGS website. This project was previously titled Rare-Earth Elements and Strategic Minerals Assessment project. Field areas include William Henry Bay, Ray Mountains, Annette Island, and the Wrangellia geologic belt (Alaska Range foothills and the Talkeetna Mountains).
  • East Styx geophysics - The East Styx survey is centered about 95 miles northwest of Anchorage and is adjacent to the Styx River survey released in 2008. Aeromagnetic, electromagnetic, and radiometric data are being acquired
  • Farewell geophysics - Airborne geophysical survey of the Farewell area, Mcgrath and Lime Hills quadrangles, south-central Alaska
  • Gas pipeline corridor - Geology, geohazards, and resources along the proposed gas pipeline corridor, Alaska Highway, from Delta Junction to the Canada border
  • Livengood South - Bedrock, mineral, and surficial geologic interpretations and investigation of the Tolovana mining district, near Livengood, Alaska.
  • Moran - Comprehensive, bedrock, and surficial geologic maps of the Eastern Moran area, eastern Alaska Range, Alaska; STATEMAP grant no. G11AC20203
  • Southern Dishna River, Fox Hills, and Beaver Creek geophysics - Airborne geophysical survey of the Southern Dishna River, Fox Hills, and Beaver Creek areas, Iditarod, Ophir, and Holy Cross quadrangles, western Alaska
  • Styx River geologic mapping - Geologic mapping in the Styx River area of the Lime Hills C-1 Quadrangle
  • Wrangellia geophysics - Airborne geophysical survey of the Wrangellia area, Talkeetna Mountains, Healy, and Mt. Hayes quadrangles, south-central Alaska