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DGGS publishes strategic and critical minerals geochemical reports


Fairbanks – The Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) recently published nine reports, containing new geochemical analyses of samples collected and analyzed by the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Alaska, between the 1960s and 1980s, using more precise modern techniques. This work was funded by the Alaska Legislature and is part of Governor Parnell’s Strategic and Critical Minerals initiative to assess the state’s mineral resource potential.

In its new reports, DGGS published 1,202 new geochemical analyses including 556 rock, 312 stream-sediment, 253 heavy-mineral concentrate (pan concentrate), 74 soil, and 7 unclassified samples. The reports  focus on the Circle mining district/Lime Peak area; Ohio Creek pluton; Darby Mountains; Selawik Hills; Zane Hills; Ray River watershed/Kanuti–Hodzana rivers uplands; Porcupine River drainage; VABM Bend area; and Kook Lake.

The reports are available as free downloads from the division’s website at www.dggs.alaska.gov. DVDs and paper copies of the files are available for the cost of reproduction. They can be inspected and purchased at the division’s office at 3354 College Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-3707. Call 907-451-5020 to place phone orders. Mail orders should be sent to the Fairbanks DGGS office at the above address or via fax (907-451-5050) or e-mail (dggspubs@alaska.gov).

These reports also will be available for inspection by July 31, 2014, at the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) at 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907-272-7547); and at the Historical Collection of the Alaska State Library in the State Office Building in Juneau (open 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 907-465-2927).

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