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IV 2010 - Morocco part II

  

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The Daded Gorge was the next on our way. Google Earth Map.

 

Incredible erosinal forms of sandstones in Dades. Fot. J. Gajowniczek.

 

Incredible erosinal forms of sandstones in Dades. Fot. J. Gajowniczek.

 

 

The Dades Valley. Fot. J. Gajowniczek.

 

In the Dades Valley. Fot. J. Gajowniczek.

 

The Dades Valley. Fot. J. Gajowniczek.

 

A very primitive gas station with hand pomps in small village at the end of Dades Valley. Fot. J. Gajowniczek.

 

We left the Atlas area and moved to the desert. Jorf area was the first attraction on our way. Google Earth Map.

 

Hameda minig area (so-called "Jorf"). Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Chris is examing pockets in the workings in Hameda. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Chris is examing pockets in the workings in Hameda. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Giant fluorite near entrence to the mine office in Hameda. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Another giant fluorite near entrence to the mine office in Hameda. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Next we moved to Erfoud. Google Earth Map.

 

So-called "fossils` factory" in Erfoud. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Want Some Coke with fossils ? :) Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Our next point was a visit on dunes - Erg Chebbi. Google Earth Map.

 

Aerial view for small part of the biggest dunes area in Morocco - Erg Chebbi. Google Earth Map.

 

Camels waiting for tourists. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Dunes. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

A long way home... Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Erg Chebbi is not far away from Taouz . Google Earth Map.

 

Miners in Taouz offering specimens for sale. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Entrence to one of numerous galleries in Taouz. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Chris is looking for pockets. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Pocket with small vanadinites on Mn crusts. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Vanadinite from previous find in Taouz, size 5 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Good quality and very fragile spcimen of manganese pseudostalactites from Taouz. Fot. J. Gajowniczek.

 

Our friend Ben - we always organize great parties at his place! Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Next point was the petrified coral reef on the middle of desert... Google Earth Map.

 

Going through stony desert on the roof of the car. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Camels on the desert. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Camels on the desert. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Aerial view of Aferdou - petrified Devonian coral reef forming the highest point in the area. Google Earth Map.

 

Our team ready to climb to the top of the "desert corall reef". Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Fossilized corals are very common here- as it usually is on coral reefs. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

View from the top of the reef to the desert, note our car marked with circle. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Taking pictures on the top of the reef. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Unusual pattern of eroded limestones around Aferdou.. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Next we visited the Oumjrane area but we had not much luck... Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

First we got two flat tires in the same time... Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

And when we fixed them the sandstorm begun.... Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Finally we arrived to our favorite Bou Azzer area. Google Earth Map.

 

Cristof on the crossroads near Bou Azzer. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

View from the valley in which majority of mines are located. Bou Azzer area. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

New quarry near Shaft 3 in Bou Azzer. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Khder mine. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Small pocket with calcite and chalcopyrite on dump of Khder mine. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Entrence to Bou Azzer minig center. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Exeptional erythrite from the find in March 2010 from Shaft 1, size 5,5 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Exeptional erythrite from the find in March 2010 from Shaft 1, size 5,5. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Erythrite from the find in March 2010 from Shaft 1, size of crystals up to 3,1 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Erythrite from the find in March 2010 from Shaft 1, size 3,5 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Exeptional erythrite from the find in March 2010 from Shaft 1, size 5,1 cm. Coll. Spirifer. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Aerial view to Agoudal mining area. Google Earth Map.

 

        Quarry Agoudal Center and the shaft of Agoudal mine visblein the background. A narrow vein is mined here.                  Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Collecting specimens in Agoudal Centre quarry. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Ore reach in erythrite. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Freshly mined erythrite from Agoudal Centre quarry, size of spray about 4 cm. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Exeptional specimen of roselite, erythrite and β-roselite on quartz,
Agoudal centre quarry. Coll. Spirifer. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Close-up of specimen ilustrated above, view 4,5 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Gemmy and very lustrous erythrites from Agoudal Centre quarry, view 4,2 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Gemmy and very lustrous erythrites from Agoudal Centre quarry, size 4,5 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Agoudal mine - the source of the best Moroccoan cobaltocalcites. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Transporting ore from shaft in Agoudal. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Cobaltocalcite on the dumps of Agoudal Mine. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Agoudal Est mine. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Cllecting specimens on dumps. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Tamdrost mine is now being prepared to be re-opened! Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

View from dumps of  Tamdrost mine. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Oumlil Est quarry has been working for the last few months, now is is abandoned again. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Oumlil Est quarry has been working for the last few months, now is is abandoned again. Fot. T. Praszkier..

 

Freshly collected by Krzysztof karibibite in Oumlil Est. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Aghbar mine. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Bouismas mine – silver minelars such as discrasite, allergentum and native silver
are still poduced here but in small quantieties. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Discrasite crystals in calcite, Bouismas mine, size 2,5 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Discrasite crystals in calcite, Bouismas mine, view 2 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Discrasite crystals in calcite, Bouismas mine, view 2,5 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Discrasite crystals in calcite, Bouismas mine, view 2,5 cm. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Blooming desert. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Countryside near the Bouismas mine. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Road from Bou Azzer to High Atlas. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Road from Bou Azzer to High Atlas. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Blooming desert. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Road from Bou Azzer to High Atlas. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Selling stones in High Atlas. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Marrakech !!!! Google Earth Map.

 

Kotubija minaret. Marrakech. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Chameleon on the market in Marrakech. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Jemna El Fhna by night - fascinating as always. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

From Marrakech we drove to Sidi Rahal. Google Earth Map.

 

Entrence to the town. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

View from Sidi Rahal workings. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Sidi Rahal amethysts` quarries. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Pillar jointing in the Sidi Rahal quarries. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Agates in the basalt pilars. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Grzes Bijak - our master studio-photographer with agates. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

There are numerous agates on the dumps. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Enternce to one of the underground workings. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Going underground. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Amethyst`s geodes in the underground workings. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Amethyst geode. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Opening amethyst geode in situ. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Opening amethyst geode in situ. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Opening amethyst geode in situ. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Chris is examing flats of amethtst in Sidi Rahal. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Typical light colored amethyst from Sidi Rahal. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Interesting quartz "flowers". Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Very good quality amethyst as for Sidi Rahal . Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Our next poit was a touristic visit in Ouzoud Waterfall. Google Earth Map.

 

 

Views from road to Ouzoud. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Folds and faults on the road on the way to Ouzoud. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Views from the road to Ouzoud. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Views from the road to Ouzoud. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Ouzoud Waterfall. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Ouzoud Waterfall. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Ouzoud Waterfall. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Double rainbaw above Ouzoud Waterfall. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Kerrouchen - place which we always visit. Google Earth Map.

 

Sign showing our way to Kerrouchen. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Typical landscapes in the vicinity of Kerrouchen. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

View from Kerroucen agate fields. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Agats in Kerrouchen. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Hill with azurie/malachite workings in Kerrouchen. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Workings in the horizon reach in azurite and malachite. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Azurite/malachite quarries. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Azurite/malachite quarries. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Looking for malachites - they occure in marls/limestones series. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Looking for malachites - they occure in marls/limestones series. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Malachite in the small pocket durring ming... Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

As many others this specimen has not survived.... Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

This one was a little bit more lucky.  Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Extracting malachite from the pocket. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Freshly mined acicular malachite. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Another acicular malachite in situ. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Destroying specimens is so funny :-) Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Specimens offered for sale. Fot. T. Praszkier.

  

High quality azurites from Kerrouchen. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Azurite, Kerrouchen, size 4 cm. Coll. Spirifer. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Azurite, Kerrouchen, size 2,5 cm. Coll. Spirifer. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Azurite, Kerrouchen, size 4,5 cm. Coll. Spirifer. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Azurite, Kerrouchen, size 4 cm. Coll. Spirifer. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Acicular malachite, Kerrouchen, size 4 cm. Coll. Spirifer. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Malachite, Kerrouchen, size 2,5 cm. Coll. Spirifer. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

View from the Kerouchen quarries. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Unexpected prolongation of our trip gave us some  time to visit Bou Bekker. Google Earth Map.

 

Road sign showing the way to Touissit and Bou Bekker. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Closed mine at the Algerian part of Touissit deposit. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Buildings of the mining ceneter in Bou Bekker. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Addits to the workings in Bou Bekker. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Miners with donkeys entering to the Bou Bekker mine. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Crowded main tract in the underground of Bou Bekker mine. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Transporting ore on donkeys. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Pockets at the roof of the mine. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Chris examining galena-dolomite veins. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Crowded main tract in the underground of  Bou Bekker mine. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Agata and Chris examining pockets. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Mineralised horizon reach in galena. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Interesting rock texture in the main mineralised horison. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Pocket with dolomite and brochantite. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Close-up of the pocket shown above. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Zone reach in pockets with dolomite crystals. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Big pocket with dolomite, size about 50 cm. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Big pocket with dolomite, size about 40 cm. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Pocket with dolomite crystals. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Big pocket with dolomite crystals. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Ore purchasing point to where miners transport ore on donkeys from mine. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

Dolomite with brochantite with gypsum from Bou Bekker. Fot. J. Gajowniczek.

 

Azurite and malachite from Bou Bekker. Fot. J. Gajowniczek.

 

The last spot on our trip through Morocco was Tanger. Google Earth Map.

 

From Tanger we took a ferry to Barcelona and than to Genova from where
we drove by car to Warszawa. Google Earth Map.

 

View from ferry to Italian coast. Fot. T. Praszkier.

 

On the ferry. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

On the ferry. Fot. A. Leszczuk.

 

Port in Genova. Fot. G. Bijak.

 

Fatima`s hend - the symbol of luck! Fot. J. Gajowniczek.

 

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  Comments

Beautiful! You show me so much of what I want to see.
ladlestein
2010-11-03 08:02:41

Fascinating! I very much appreciate your photographic essays of your adventures all around the world. Great photography, many thanks,
Craig
craig.bosel
2010-12-03 05:57:58


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