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VI 2009 - Morocco

 

In May-Jun 2009 we spent 2 weeks in Morocco looking for fossils and minerals.

There was our second trip to Morocco this year. This time we went there only for two weeks in the end of spring - for that reason it was really hot especially in the middle of desert. We visited the same localities as always - Bou Azzer, Sidi Rahhal, Taouz, Erfoud, Mibladen, El Bega. We had the opportunity to buy some amethistes, geothites from the new finds, we also brought a lot of interesting fossils including trilobites and big plates of crinoids. Unfortunately it was not the best time to look for and buy the minerals because most of the people works on their fields at this seazon, for that reason much less specimens are mined.  Neverless we were very satisfied with the trip - Morocco is a great country not only because of minerals of course!

Krzysztof Dembicz

 

 

Dumps of the amethyst` mines in Sidi Rahhal. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

One of the pits with amethysts flooded after very heavy spring rains, Sidi Rahhal. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Agate in basalt on the dumps of amethyst mine in Sidi Rahhal. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

A view from the road from Tizin Tiszka to Ouarzazate. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

There is the High Atlas in the background, in the foreground there are melaphires with numerous agates, quartzs, amethysts and geodes with goethite.  Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Anti-Atlas in Tazenakht`s neighborhood. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

View to the Bouismas mines in Bou Azzer region. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Barite vein in the Bou Azzer region, the output began many ago. Barite and fluorite mining has become a very profitable occupation. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

We are trying to fix the price for chosen specimens.  Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Looking for some nice specimens at the miners house. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

A box of caribibite obtained from the dumps of Oumlil East Quarry. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

A box of cobaltocalcites at the home of miner working in the Agoudal Mine. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Specimens of scutterudite from the pocket found three days before our visit to the mine. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Discrasites with actinolite etched from calcite from new find from Bouismas. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Discrasites with actinolite etched from calcite from new find from Bouismas. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Kids of the miner from Agoudal Mine. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

View to the Bou Azzer mine. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

View from the hotel in Tazenakht. After I had taken this photo insects could be found in our room too. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Casbah in the Draa Valey. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Place where Devonian trilobites are obtained - near the road from Alnif to Micisi. Fot. K. Dembicz.

  

The view to the most famous palaeontologic locality in Morocco - Jebel Issimour - the place where Devonian trilobites, crinoids and fishes are found. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Abandoned city near the road from Alnif to Micisi. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

View to the exposure of Ordovician west to Risani. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Devonian limestone with naturally polished surface with goniatites` sections. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Devonian limestone with naturally polished surface with goniatites` and orthoceras` sections - in the region of Erfoud.
Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Polishing workshop of  limestone with orthocerases in Erfoud. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Place where the Silurian crinoids - Scyphocrynites are obtained - in the region of Erfoud. The layer lies 10 meters under ground and the workings are carried thanks to a system of shafts and tunnels. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

The road to Taouz leads through Erg Chebbi. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Adit to one of the mines in Taouz. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Houses of the miners who work in the Taouz mine. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

View from the Createcous dinosaurs` fossils mine - El Bega - to the desert. Our car is waiting down there. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Underground mine of Createcous dinosaurs` fossils - El Bega, Kem Kem Basin. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

View from the dinosaurs` fossils` mine - El Bega -  to the desert. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Gallery in the mine with the remains of dinosaurs, red, crossbeded sandstones with fossilierous layer (topmost),
El Bega, Kem Kem Basin. Fot. K. Dembicz.

 

Layer with dinosaurs - red mudstones with gravel, El Bega, Kem Kem Basin. Fot. K. Dembicz.




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