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IX 2011 – Morocco, part II

 

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From Midelt we moved to Imilchil. Google maps.

 

There was a great find of prehnites recentely. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A big contrastive specimen of prehnite from Imilchil. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Prehnite from Imilchil. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A huge lustrus crystal of titanite, Imilichil. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

There was also a find of quartz crystals - some of them with window structures. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

From Imilichil we drove to Erg Chebbi - one of the most visited tourist attractions in Morocco. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

On the way to Erg Chebbi. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

On the way to Erg Chebbi. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Erg Chebbi. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View from our hotel (where the participants of the 2nd Mindat.org Conference will stay during one of the field trips). J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Would you like to ski? J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Erg Chebbi. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Camels on Erg Chebbi. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

There is a lot of sand there :) - very nice walk in 50C - you have to be careful to prevent your foot from burning.
J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Erg Chebbi. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Our next stop - one of our favourite localities we always visit - Bou Azzer. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

We could not prevent ourselves from taking another photo of the Bou Azzer Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Area around Bou Azzer - this rock is the only place in the neighbourhood you can find the mobile network.
We needed it because we forgot our passports from the hotel in Agdz. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The erythrite from Bou Azzer Est deposit. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

There were a few new finds in Bou Azzer lately.
Shaft 1 stopped producing the erythrites but they appeared in Taouruni Mine. G. Bijak photo.

 

The new find of cobaltoan dolomites, impressive color and good crystals, from Agoudal Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The new find of cobaltoan dolomites, impressive color and good crystals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

An unusual specimen of cobaltocalcite from Agoudal Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Cobaltocalcite from Aghbar Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Cobaltocalcite from Aghbar Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A few mm big crystals of proustite from Bouissmas. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A specimen with very big crystals of gersdorfite from Ait Ahman. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Cobaltocalcite from Aghbar Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Cobaltocalcite from Aghbar Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Cobaltocalcite with lavendulan from Aghbar Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A huge cobaltocalcite from Agoudal Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Calcite with inclusions of conichalcite from Aghbar Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A giant skutterudite from Aghbar Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A find of good quality roselites from Aghbar mine and an inseparable attribute of any visit in the miners` house - extremely sweet tea. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A roselite from Aghbar Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A roselite from Aghbar Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

And the last look to the Bou Azzer Mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The more touristic time again - we set off to the coast through beautiful mountainous areas around Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

On the raod to Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

On the raod to Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

On the raod to Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

We stopped a few times to have a look at squirrels (or whetaever it is). There were a lot of them there.
J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

We stopped a few times to have a look at squirrels (or whetaever it is). J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Area of Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Area of Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Area of Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Area of Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Area of Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Area of Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

On the market in Tafraoute. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Interesting rock formations around Tafraoute - some fo them have their own names. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

And some of them are painted in weird colors -  it looks quite funny. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

And some of them are painted in weird colors - it looks quite funny. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

And some of them are painted in weird colors - it looks quite funny. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Road in Tafraoute area. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Tafraoute area. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Tafraoute area - some of the mountains look really amazing with the colorful layers. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Ait Mansour gorge with number of date palm oasis. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Finally we arrived to the coast again. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fortunately there was no more fog when we got up!. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Sidi Ifni is famous for its astonishing rock arches. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Sidi Ifni is famous for its astonishing rock arches. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

You can feel their size when you come very close. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the arches on the beach 10 km from Sidi Ifni. Note Tom staying in the `window` of arch. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the arches on the beach 10 km from Sidi Ifni - Tom was used as a scale. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the enormous rock arches. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

 Intersting vegetation and ocean in the background. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Blooming cactus ... J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

... and another one. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

From Sidi Ifni we drove to Essaouira. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

That turned out to be one of the most beautiful Moroccan cities. T. Praszkier photo.

 

White buildings of the old town make beautiful contrast with the ocean and black rocks with thousands of seagulls. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

City of seagulls. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The old town of Essaouira seen from the harbour. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fishermen`s boats in the port. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fish market in the port, Essaouira. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Would you prefer a fresh shark? J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Or a marlin? J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Or maybe a long weird fish? J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fish market in the old town. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fish market in the old town. You can imagine how great seafood you can have in Essaouira. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

You can also imagine smell there... Fish market in the old town. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Those long fish seemed to be popular there :) J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The market in Essaouira. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Essaouira. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The market in the old town - clothing part. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

And the market focused more on souvenirs. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Shop with carpets. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Essaouira by night. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Marekt by night. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Shop with traditional moroccan lamps made of leather. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Harbour in the evening. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Harbour in the evening. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Just after the sunset. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Just after the sunset. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

We liked Essaouira so much that we decided to stay there another night.
A view from our hotel terasse during the breakfast. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View from our window to the fortification walls. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View to the beach - as I said seagulls were everywhere. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A small restaurant next to the port, the way from the ocean to your plate is very short here. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Which one do you like? J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Seagull and the old town in the background. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

We could not spend too much holidays without a mineral locality so we decided to visit Ighoud. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Quarries in Ighoud, it used to be quite productive locality in 70s-90s. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Quarries in Ighoud, it used to be quite productive locality in 70s-90s. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Quarry where Baryte used to be mined from karstic deposit. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Quarry where Baryte used to be mined from karstic deposit. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Quarry where Baryte used to be mined from karstic deposit. Note the karstic structures. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Cavity with baryte crystals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Cavity with baryte crystals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

A quite long tunnel leading to one of the querries. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Tomek examining the pockets. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The secondary minerals crystallize as an effect of marcasite (in the center) weathering. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Secondary sulphur rich minerals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Big cavity with caclite and baryte. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Big cavity with baryte. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The locals still work in one of the old underground mines in search of calcite specimens, note quite dangerous conditions. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Miner showing one of the geodes. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Baryte-calcite vein in the roof of the tunnel. FOV 4 m. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Miner with some low quality specimens. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

There is a working following the karstic zone in the middle of the tunnel. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the miners at the bottom of the working. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the miners at the bottom of the working, note that the tunnel goes further down. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the miners at the bottom of the working with calcite specimen. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Transporting the specimens up. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Transporting the specimens up. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The mining crew of Ighoud. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

`We had such a big calcite!`. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Miners` office. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Tomek with his new friends in the entrance to the mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Freshly mined calcite specimens. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Caclites from Ighoud. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Caclite from Ighoud. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fianlly we closed the circle of our trip. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

On the way. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

On the way. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

On the way. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Camel on the beach. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

We are in Oualidia again - this time with no mist. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Beach in Oualidia in the estuary. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Asia taking photos in Oualidia. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Foamy ocean. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Asia waiting for the shower - after the walk on the cliffs we were completly wet. T. Praszkier photo.

 

And unfortunately it was the end of our trip, we went back to Casablanca and from there to Warsaw. J. Gajowniczek photo.

   

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  Comments

Thanks, once again, for sharing your fantastic collecting trips! Morocco looks very warm and exotic from snowy Colorado.
Fenster
2011-10-09 01:54:42

Hi, I am happy you liked the report, we had the first snow in Poland yesterday, I am very unhappy about this but I have to say that 50C on Sahara also was a bit difficoult.
Greetings!
tomek (admin)
2011-10-09 23:15:14

Hi
Thanks for your report.
Do you had any trip for crystals on Iran?
If not, would you like to have?
Best Regards,

hisabba2003
2011-12-13 13:24:40


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