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III 2012 – Morocco, part II

  

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Examining workings. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Fe-Mn oxides forming pseudostalactites. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

 

Very dirty workings. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Dump with hematite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Dump with hematite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Workings going along the vein. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Inside underground workings. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Hematite in situ. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Fe-Mn oxidies forming pseudostalactites in the pocket. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Fe-Mn oxidies with pseudomorphoses. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Pocket with hematite covered with vanadinite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Pocket with hematite covered with vanadinite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

One of the Taouz miners. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

And of course tea! G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Drinking tea and looking at minerals. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Cerusites from a small find. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Big twinned cerussite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

The biggest cerussite (with native sulphur!) I have ever seen from Taouz. Unfortunately very dameged. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Hematite - one of the main products from Taouz mine. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Vanadinite in fragment of galena vein. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

 

Deal is done - money, tea and minerals. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

From Taouz we drove to Oumjrane. Google maps.

 

On our way we visited our friend`s house - this is his son. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

It is almost a tradition that we always have a flat tyre on the way to Oumjrane. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Waiting for help on the desert - hopeless. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

New mine in Oumjrane area - Afrou - source of baryte, marcasite, chalcopyriye, quartz etc. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Head frame of the mine. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Collecting on the dumps of Afrou mine. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Baryte vein on one of the blocks on the dump. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Afrou produces a lot of specimens but only very small percentage is of good quality. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Flats with low quality specimens from Afrou. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Flats with low quality specimens from Afrou. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Baryte crystal from Afrou mine. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

8 cm big cluster of baryte from Afrou mine. E. Larsen collection. G. Bijak photo.

 

Part of cluster of baryte from Afrou mine. E. Larsen collection. G. Bijak photo.

 

Calcite with pyrite, 8 cm big, from Afrou mine. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Close-up of the specimen from above. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

 

Chalcopyrite on black quartz from Afrou mine. G. Bijak photo.

 

Huge plate with big baryte crystals from Afrou mine. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Baryte crystals on quartz with marcasite from Afrou mine. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Baryte crystals on quartz from Afrou mine. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Baryte crystals with marcasite from Afrou mine. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Another find from the Oumjrane area (not from Afrou mine) - dioptase (analyzed) on baryte, 13 cm big. G. Bijak photo.

 

Landscape in Oumjrane area. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Looking at cobaltocalcites from Bou Azzer. This are old specimens - now the area is almost closed for mineral collectors. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Cobaltocalcites from Bou Azzer. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

From desert we drove to Imilchil. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

On our way we stopped in Todra george. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Village in High Atlas. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Girl comming back from the school in one of the villages in High Atlas. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Local bar. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Kitchen. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Another small village in High Atlas. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

In the Imilchil town. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Car dealers in Imilchil :-) G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Do not sell me to these people! G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Berber knife. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

In Imilchil you can also buy fancy post cards. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Etching specimens in one of houses in Imilchil. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Window in the miner`s house. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Our friend is happy with his new jelaba! G. Sobieszek photo.

 

At the market in Imilchil. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Seller with modern techniques of advertising. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Bringing products to the market. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Sheep and other animals comming to the market. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Animal market starts. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

 

Don`t you need a sheep? G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Or maybe goat?. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

At the market. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Most of the animals did not seem very happy. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Whose got the best sheep?. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

At the market. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Please do not set us apart. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

At the market. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

At the market. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

At the market. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

At the market. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

At the market. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

At the market. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Interesting way to keep a sheep. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Deal is done, but sheep does not look happy with it. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Paying and... G. Sobieszek photo.

 

 

...sheep go to new home. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Imilchil market place afterwards. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Visit at the Tizi`n`Bab pass near Imilchil - locality with epidote and quartz. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Tizi`n`Bab pass area. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

View from the Tizi`n`Bab pass to the locality with epidote and quartz. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Next stop on our way was Thirrist. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Dog in High Atlas. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

In the auberge in High Atlas. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

In the auberge in High Atlas. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Miner from the High Atlas. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Landscapes in the Thirrist area. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Landscapes in the Thirrist area. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Landscapes in the Thirrist area. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Noting locality names in arabic. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Climbing to the arfvedsonite locality - Jebel Ewargizen. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

At Jebel Ewargizen. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Workings at Jebel Ewargizen. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Workings in the pegmatite vein at Jebel Ewargizen. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Miners at Jebel Ewargizen. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Digging in pegmatite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Examining pegmatite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Working in the pegmatite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Pegmatite vein with sharp contact with nepheline syenite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Fragment of pegmatite vein. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Mysterious metalic crystals that after analize turned out to be ilvaite! G. Sobieszek photo.

 

The biggest known quartz crystal from Jebel Ewargizen. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Digging in the vein. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Checking out the results of work. Contact of pegmatite and syenite is marked. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

And here it is! Unfortunately arfvedsonie often falls apart. G. Sobieszek photo.

  

But we found also some good ones - me with freshly collected arfvedsonite crystal and feldspar. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Digging in pegmatite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Digging in pegmatite. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Small pocket with arfvedsonie crystals. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

And of cousres tea! But were to find water on the top of a mountain? G. Sobieszek photo.

 

That is easy - just melt the snow! G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Arfvedsonite with feldspar. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Arfvedsonite on feldspar. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

Arfvedsonite with feldspar, 7 cm big. G. Bijak photo.

 

Arfvedsonite with feldspar, zircons and epidote, 6 cm high. G. Bijak photo.

 

 

Ilvaite with quartz, 4 cm wide specimen. A. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Moss at Jebel Ewargizen. G. Sobieszek photo.

 

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  Comments

Excellent reportage with very interesting images. Last photo is amazing, moss looks as a color SEM image.
Congratulations to both, photographer and reporter.
geozen
2012-04-28 00:37:24


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