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IX 2012 – Morocco, part II

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From Erg Chebbi area we drove to the Goulmima area, Asfla village. Google Maps.

 

Going north again through High Atlas we visited famous fossil locality near Goulmima - Asfla. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Asfla village. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Asfla village. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Asfla village. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Bucket made of tires. T. Praszkier photo.

 

In Asfla village. T. Praszkier photo.

 

In Asfla village. T. Praszkier photo.

 

In Asfla village. T. Praszkier photo.

 

In Asfla village. P. Menducki photo.

 

In Asfla village. P. Menducki photo.

 

Asfla is famous for Cretaceous fish, ammonites and reptiles occuring in concretions. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Women selling concretion with fossil fish. P. Menducki photo.

 

Head of fish in concretion. P. Menducki photo.

 

Workings in Asfla. P. Menducki photo.

 

Workings in Asfla. P. Menducki photo.

 

Heaving tea in Asfla. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Heaving tea in Asfla. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Playing traditional instrument. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Ben trying to play traditional instrument. T. Praszkier photo.

 

We also visited delares selling dinosaur bones from High Atlas.
Piotr on fragment of giant vertebral column. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Piotr with big dinosaur bones. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Piotr with giant dinosaur bones. T. Praszkier photo.

 

From Asfla we drove to Midelt area where we spent 2 days. Google Maps.

 

In the Midelt area we made a short visit to Sidi Said famous for yellow fluorites on quartz. P. Menducki photo.

 

Workings in Sidi Said. P. Menducki photo.

 

Miner from Sidi Said. P. Menducki photo.

 

Morocan classic - someone offers you specimens, but it`s such a big secret that you have to meet in the middle of nowhere... P. Menducki photo.

 

Fluorites from El Hammam offered to us. P. Menducki photo.

 

Fluorites from El Hammam offered to us. P. Menducki photo.

 

Fluorites from El Hammam offered to us. P. Menducki photo.

 

Fluorites from El Hammam offered to us. P. Menducki photo.

 

Of course price was so insane that we didn`t buy any of them :-) P. Menducki photo.

 

In Mibladen area we fixed last details of mineral show and underground party for the Conference. P. Menducki photo.

 

Looking for good spot for the party in Les O mine. P. Menducki photo.

 

Looking for good spot for the party in Les O mine. P. Menducki photo.

 

This is the spot before cleaning. P. Menducki photo.

 

This is the spot before cleaning. P. Menducki photo.

 

We also found dinosaur traces on the celling of the "party area". P. Menducki photo.

 

We also found dinosaur traces on the celling of the "party area". P. Menducki photo.

 

From Midelt we drove to Taourirt area. Google Maps.

 

Near Taourirt we visited Jebel Tirhemi which used to produce fluorite specimens. P. Menducki photo.

 

Active quarry in Jebel Tirhemi, unfortunately there are only calcite veins. P. Menducki photo.

 

Active quarry in Jebel Tirhemi, unfortunately there are only calcite veins. P. Menducki photo.

 

Fluorite-baryte veins are located on western side of Jebel Tirhemi. P. Menducki photo.

 

Unfortunately all workings have been abandonned for the last few years. P. Menducki photo.

 

Fluorite workings. P. Menducki photo.

 

Workings in the fluorite-baryte vein. P. Menducki photo.

 

Fluorite with baryte in situ. P. Menducki photo.

 

Fluorite crystals in small vug. P. Menducki photo.

 

Fluorite crystals. P. Menducki photo.

 

Entrance to the abandonned underground workings. P. Menducki photo.

 

Our car above the mine entrance. P. Menducki photo.

 

Next goal of our trip - Touissit - Bou Bekker area. Google Maps.

 

Finally we arrived to Touissit - Bou Bekker area. P. Menducki photo.

 

We vsited one of the local retired mineral dealer, note the wall behind us. P. Menducki photo.

 

Close-up of the wall built with gypsum, malachite and other minerals. P. Menducki photo.

 

Low quality azurite spcimens offered for sale. P. Menducki photo.

 

Thumbnail of azurite and malachite. P. Menducki photo.

 

And of course tea! P. Menducki photo.

 

Remains of the famous shaft number IX which used to produce world best
anglesite specimens and superb azurites. P. Menducki photo.

 

Shaft number IX. P. Menducki photo.

 

Collapsed decline going to the shaft XI famous for wulfenite specimens. P. Menducki photo.

 

On the strets of Oujda in the evening. P. Menducki photo.

 

Next on our trip was Nador area where we wanted to disclose the real locality for the new blue barytes and also hematites. Googe Maps.

 

View from Jebel Ouichane to the Nador town and Mediteranienan Sea. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Old mining buildings at Jebel Ouichane. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Satelitar photo of the big quarry at Mount Ouichane. The zone where barytes were found is marked. Google Maps.

 

The biggest quary in Segangan area located close to the top of Jebel Ouichane. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Fragment of a huge quarry where Fe ore was mined, the zone where barytes were found. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Workings for blue baryte. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Workings with visible blue baryte in the walls. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Blue baryte in Fe-oxides. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Second zone of blue barytes occurrence. Unfortunately both zones are almost exhausted. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the new barytes from Ouichane, 10 cm. Spirifer collection. J. Scovil photo.

 

After long research we found the "mysterious" locality for hematite crystals. It used to be known as Ouichane or Sagangan but in fact it is located in the town of Nador! Note houses in the old quarry. P. Menducki photo.

 

White vulcanic rocks with black hematite on joints. P. Menducki photo.

 

Tom prospecting one of the joint zones. P. Menducki photo.

 

Joint with hematite. P. Menducki photo.

 

Small hematite crystals coating walls of the joint. P. Menducki photo.

 

Hematite with calcite. P. Menducki photo.

 

Hematite in situ. P. Menducki photo.

 

Bigger hematite blades. P. Menducki photo.

 

Hematite from Nador from an older find. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the biggest known (12 cm) hematite crystals from Nador. Spirifer collection. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

From Nador we flew to Casablanca and from there to Paris and Warsaw. Googe Maps.

   

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