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V 2013 – Morocco again ;-), part II

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Same day we drove to Anemzi but on the way there we visited some "secret" localities ;-) T. Praszkier photo.

 

Area of the new datolite locality - first time reported as macro crystals in Morocco. T. Praszkier photo.

  

Intrusive rocks in the center surrounded by sedmimentary rocks. T. Praszkier photo.

 

New locality for datolite in the intrusive rocks. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Jurek in the workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Small workings where the new datolite crystals come from. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Prehnite with highly etched calcite and small titanite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Probably amphibole. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Amphibole crystal growing from prismatic to acicular. T. Praszkier photo.

 

New, as far probably the best known, datolite crystals from Morocco, on prehnite matrix. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Beautiful bedding on he way through High Atlas. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Dead forest. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Going through High Atlas. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Going through High Atlas. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Going through High Atlas. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

New locality with dinosaurs` track-ways, it has remain a secret untill it will be scientifically described. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Spectacular theropod`s trace. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Another theropod`s trace. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Huge, probably Sauropod`s track. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Going further through High Atals. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Spectacular colors of the rocks. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Another picturesque village. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Young doney. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Finally we arrived to Anemzi, here Tom is taking photos of village girls. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Happy berber girls. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Happy berber girls. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Anemzi village is located in a spectacular vicinity. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Incredible colors and contrast. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Going to the apatite workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Looks like impressionistic painting. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Here it is - Anemzi apatite workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Location of the workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Spectacular fault on the way to the workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

faoult close to the workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Visible trench is a source of new superb apatites. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Intrusion of the magmatic rocks in sedimetary rocks. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Mining area. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Our fancy equipment ;-) T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miner in the workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miner in the workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Small pockets visible on the surface. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Ready to go down?. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Jurek in the zone rich in big calcite crystals and epidote. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Mariusz and Jurek seem to be happy to visit dirty holes in the ground ;-) T. Praszkier photo.

 

Front of the workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Apatite crystals in situ. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Freshly collected apatite crystals. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Freshly collected apatite crystals. T. Praszkier photo.

 

What a smile ;-) T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big crystals from the Anemzi workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the biggest single crystals found in Anemzi. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Flat with good quality specimens. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big doubly terminated crystal. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Gemmy apatite with feldspars. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Another big doubly terminated crystal. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Sharp crystal standing up on matrix. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Great luster and form. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Another doubly terminated crystal, very aesthetic. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Dream team :-) Mariusz and Jurek tired by looking on rocks.. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Finally we arrived to Midelt. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Visiting dealers in Midelt we saw several nice specimens. here huge malachite with azurite and smithsonite from new find in Bou Bekker. T. Praszkier photo.

 

very aesthetic baryte from Nador. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Interesting fluorite from El Hammam. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Very nice ( or at least it will be very nice after cleaning ) epidote with quartz from Imilchil area. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Very nice ( or at least it will be very nice after cleaning ) epidote with quartz from Imilchil area. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Our first trip in the area was of course Mibladen.

 

Mineral shops in Mibladen village. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Mineral shops in Mibladen village.  M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Entrances to the Les O mine. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Inside the wokings. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Workings in the Les O mine are very extensive. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Workings in the Les O mine are very extensive. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Galena-baryte mineralization. T. Praszkier photo.

 

There was a pocket long time ago. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Jurek examining pockets. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Beavers must have lived here ;-) T. Praszkier photo.

 

Pocket with baryte and cerussite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Pocket with baryte and cerussite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Pocket with baryte and cerussite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Mariusz trying to get some specimens. T. Praszkier photo.

 

And here it is - nice cerussite with baryte. T. Praszkier photo.

 

T-Ouest workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

T-Ouest workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

T-Ouest workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Twinned cerussite from T-Ouest. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Twinned cerussite with baryte from T-Ouest. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Spectacular twinned cerussite with baryte from T-Ouest. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Workings in the Coud`a area. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Workings in the Coud`a area. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Miner`s house in Coud`a. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miner`s house and shaft in Coud`a. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miner`s house and shaft in Coud`a. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Shaft in Coud`a. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miner and his shaft in Coud`a, note the ventilation system. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Shaft with ventilation tube. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miner in his house. T. Praszkier photo.

 

This guy is starting digging a new shaft. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Good luck! A lot of work ahad of you. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Mariusz going underground. T. Praszkier photo.

 

In Coud`a workings. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Baryte in situ. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Barte with vanadinite in situ in Coud`a workings. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Miner`s house in Les Dalles workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miner`s kitchen in Les Dalles. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Dinner underground :-) T. Praszkier photo.

 

Pockets in Les Dalles mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Baryte-galena mineralization in Les Dalles. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Baryte pocket in Les Dalles. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Baryte-wulfenite pocket in Les Dalles. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Miner in Les Dalles workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miner in Les Dalles workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Unique, probably only existing photo of an in situ pocket with high quality wulfenite in Les Dalles mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Freshly mined specimens from the pocket. T. Praszkier photo.

 

The best specimen from the pocket illustrated above. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Another wulfenite-rich pocket in Les Dalles. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Poor photos but you can see wulfenite in situ. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Poor photos but you can see wulfenite in situ. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Freshly mined specimens from the pocket. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big and electric-orange color wulfenite crystals from Les Dalles. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big and electric-orange color wulfenite crystals. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big and electric-orange color wulfenite crystals. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big and electric-orange color wulfenite crystals on baryte. T. Praszkier photo.

 

The best specimen from the pocket illustrated above. T. Praszkier photo.

 

The best specimen from the pocket illustrated above. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Cerussite with baryte from Les Dalles. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Cerussite with baryte from Les Dalles. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Next day we visited Kerrouchen.

 

Workings in Ait Addi near Kerrouchen. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Workings in Ait Addi near Kerrouchen. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Some of the workings are really deep. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Big azurite crystals on matrix from Ait Addi. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Spectacular specimen of azurite with malachite, about 4 cm tall. M. Oleszczuk specimen and photo.

 

Next day we went to Aouli and Sidi Ayed.

 

On the way to Aouli. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Dams at the doors in the building located in Aouli gorge prepared for the high water levels. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Old, abandoned miners` houses in Aouli. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Aouli gorge. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

tents of Nomads living in the area. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Old mining constructions in the Sidi Ayed area. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Main headframe at Sidi Ayed vein. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Main headframe at Sidi Ayed vein. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Old mining cage. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Main headframe and deep workings in Sidi Ayed. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Workings in Sidi Ayed. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Workings in the same vein further to the East, place rich in azurite and malachite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Very thin celling above huge chamber, place of the "suicidal" miners` camp. Note veins. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miners` camp under very thin celling... T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miners` bed. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Comming back to the geology, note malachite cristallization in the cracks. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Malachite growing in the cracks in vein. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Miner in the zone rich in azurite and malachite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Zone rich in azurite and malachite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Zone rich in azurite and malachite. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Malchite in situ in the pocket. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Malchite in situ in the pocket. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Dumps are very colorful too. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miners on colorful dump. T. Praszkier photo.

 

More colors ;-) T. Praszkier photo.

 

Jurek collecting on the dumps. T. Praszkier photo.

 

And of course time for the tea ;-) T. Praszkier photo.

 

Miners offering their goodies. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Good price for you my friend ;-) T. Praszkier photo.

 

And finally it is time to go back to Casablanca, on our way we stopped in Azrou and Fes.

 

Monkeys on the road. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

No one told it that one shouldn`s drink from a puddle? M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Fighting monkeys. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Mother with baby. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Fes was the last stop on our way.

 

Blue gate Bab Boujloud to the medina in Fes. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Blue gate Bab Boujloud to the medina in Fes. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

On the narrow streets of Fes medina. T. Praszkier photo.

 

On the narrow streets of Fes medina. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Spectacular colors and designs of the water intake T. Praszkier photo.

 

Spectacular colors and designs of the water intake T. Praszkier photo.

 

Colors. T. Praszkier photo.

 

On the narrow streets of Fes medina. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Very detailed carvings on the gate. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Very detailed carvings on the gate. T. Praszkier photo.

 

In the medina. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

In the lamp store. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

This was a man size one! M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Famous tannery - imaginec the smell there... M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Almost collapsed building. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Drying leathers. M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Working with leathers. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Tannery. T. Praszkier photo.

 

No, this is not a job which we would like to do... M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

We found this in the medina streets, showcase advertising a local dentist... M. Oleszczuk photo.

 

Last mint tea and time to go back home. T. Praszkier photo.

 

We flew back from Casablanca, our loop had closed.

 

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  Comments

Great report as usual! Your second homeland seems very nice in this part of year. And the potenital of finding new minerals are so big. Itīs all to our benefit that you are travelling so often to this very beautiful country. Very nice to see the new Datolite from the Imilchil area. Great Wulfenites and Cerussites! And as always: Nice minerals from Bou Azer area. Will be exciting to watch the Taouz area in the future. Nice Pyromorphite. So once again: Thanks Tom and Spirifer for making these reports!
habil
2013-06-05 17:28:40

Hi Tom,
I like your new report. In part I like it because the sites you are visiting in the report now feel so familiar to me. I not only see your pictures but I also get to relive my memories. Can you feel homesick for a place you have only been to once a short seven months ago ? I think I do.
Please keep those mineral adventure reports coming. And Tom can you take all 110 of us back to Morocco sometime soon ???? I`m ready to go now ! Judging by the pictures above I clearly missed picking up 50 or 60 good specimens last November :)
All the best, Wolf
WolfBehr
2013-06-07 07:56:17

Great trip so the report must have been great too ;)
Thanks again Tomek for this wonderful trip!

Mariusz
McKleszczor
2013-06-07 17:56:28

Oh my goodness, how wonderful it is to see your rock hounding adventures documented here! I used to do this with my father when I was a young boy and I remember seeing him work so hard to unearth his treasures. what a treat it is for all of us that you share these journeys with us... thank you so much... so many good and wonderful memories. I`m so happy to support your work by purchasing some of your finds. What an honor!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Your new friend across the pond, and very happy customer,

Patrick Darling
phd2014
2014-10-21 01:13:19


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