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III 2014 – Morocco, part II

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Afterwards we set off to Hameda. Google maps.

  

Hameda mine is still closed, no more fluorites have been produced in that locality. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Andrzej collecting fluorites in abandoned workings in Hameda mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Andrzej collecting fluorites in abandoned workings in Hameda mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Huge, about 30 cm big crystals of fluorite in the pocket, unfortunately located in the middle of vertical wall, completely inaccessible. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Our next aim was Imilchil. Google maps.

 

Oasis at the mouth of Todra valley. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Oasis at the mouth of Todra valley. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Old abandoned village and oasis at the mouth of Todra valley. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Old abandoned village and oasis at the mouth of Todra valley. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Todra gorge, always very impressive. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Todra gorge, always very impressive. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Todra gorge, always very impressive. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Todra gorge, always very impressive. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

On the way to Imilchil from Todra. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

On the way to Imilchil from Todra. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

On the way to Imilchil from Todra. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

One of the most spectacular views in High Atlas. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the most spectacular views in High Atlas. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Good place to have a beer! A. Korzekwa photo.

 

On the way to Imilchil through High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

On the way to Imilchil through High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

On the way to Imilchil through High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

On the way to Imilchil through High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Spectacular folds near Imilchil. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Spectacular folds near Imilchil. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Imilchil. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Selecting specimens from several localities in High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Big titanite from one of the localities in High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Time for azurites in Kerrouchen. Google maps.

 

Going further north through High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Going further north through High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Going further north through High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Going further north through High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Going further north through High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Spectacular fossilized desiccation cracks with dinosaur trackways in Lower Jurassic sandstones. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Andrzej with dinosaur trackways. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Spectacular landscapes in High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Spectacular landscapes in High Atlas. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Looking for fossils.

 

Again dinosaur track. T. Praszkier photo.

 

We also found some ammonites. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Granites forming unusual landscapes in the Kerrouchen area. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Hill where quarries for azurites and malachites are located, Kerrouchen area. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Miners in Kerrouchen. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Some of the workings went underground and quarry starts changing into underground mine. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Miner offering malachite specimens in the Kerrouchen area. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Miner offering malachite and azurite specimens in the Kerrouchen area. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Of course we always visit Mibladen. Google maps.

 

Mibladen. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Underground parking in Les Dalles mine. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Barite pockets in Les Dalles mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Specimen miner in Les Dalles mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Pockets with cerussite and barite in Les Dalles mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Pocket with cerussite and barite in Les Dalles mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

About 10 cm wide pocket with cerussite and barite in Les Dalles mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

20 cm long pocket with barite in Les Dalles mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Unique photo of the pocket with high quality wulfenite on barite in Les Dalles mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Unique photo of the pocket with high quality wulfenite on barite in Les Dalles mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Mibladen. Small house next to the workings. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Finally after 2-3 years break high quality vanadinites were found again in Coud`a mines. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

High quality vanadinites found in Coud`a mines. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

One of the new vanadinites found in Coud`a mines. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the new vanadinites found in Coud`a mines. B. Lockhart collection. T. Praszkier photo.

 

The best piece from the recent find in Coud`a mines. T. Praszkier photo.

 

From mibladen we drove to Bou Bekker. Google maps.

 

As usual we arrived to Oujda in the night. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Oujda by night. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Oujda by night. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Oujda by night. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Oujda by night. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Post-mining landscape in Bou Bekker. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Galena, malchite and azurite are bought as ore. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Galena, malchite and azurite are bought as ore. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the entrances to the underground workings in Bou Bekker. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Going underground in Bou Bekker. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Going underground in Bou Bekker. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Some of the workings are quite narrow. T. Praszkier photo.

 

But majority is huge and wide. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the ore chutes in the mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Underground maze in Bou Bekker. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Underground in Bou Bekker. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Illegal miners using donkeys to transport ore underground. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Illegal miners using donkeys to transport ore underground. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Rich mineralized walls of one of the tunnels. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Dolomite mineralization in the mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Mineralized zone with pocket. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Egzamining one of the pockets. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Cavity lined by dolomite crystals. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Egzamining specimens, note galena mineralization in one of the security pillars. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Rich galena and dolomite mineralization in the mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Partly cleaned pocket with some dolomite and malachite mineralization still visible. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Dolomite and malachite mineralization in the pocket. T. Praszkier photo.

 

During our tour we found underground "house" with bed and kitchen. One of the "miners security guards" stays there all the time. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Underground house. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Sitting on the underground bed. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Exploring Bou Bekker mine. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Numerous dolomite pockets in the mine celling. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Numerous dolomite pockets in the mine celling. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Pockets are getting bigger. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Dolomite crystals in the cavity. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the big pockets, cleaned from specimens. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the big pockets, cleaned from specimens. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Leftovers of the dolomite-malachaite were still present. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Leftovers of the dolomite-malachaite were still present. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Leftovers of the dolomite-malachaite were still present. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Big dolomite cavity. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Even bigger one! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Some of the cavities are so big that you can go inside! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Some of the cavities are so big that you can go inside! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Rich azurite mineralization in one of the pockets. T. Praszkier photo.

 

 

Digging in the pocket. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Happy Tom inside one of the dolomite pockets.

 

Inside the pocket. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Finally time to go back. T. Praszkier photo.

 

When we left the mine we saw this beautiful view. T. Praszkier photo.

 

When we left the mine we saw this beautiful view. T. Praszkier photo.

 

From Bou Bekker we moved to Nador. Google maps.

 

City of Nador is placed on the coast of the Mediteranean sea on the cap. T. Praszkier photo.

 

View to the Ouichane mountain where the huge quarry is located. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Huge quarry in the mountain Ouichane, source of the world class blue barrites. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Area where barites are mined, there is about 100 people working in 2 shifts day and night! T. Praszkier photo.

 

Area where barites are mined. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Area where barites are mined. T. Praszkier photo.

 

One of the miners` "houses". T. Praszkier photo.

 

Area where barites are mined. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Area where barites are mined. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Area where barites are mined. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Barite mining. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Barite mining. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Barite mining. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Unique, probably first existing photos, of the Nador barites in situ in the pocket. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Unique, probably first existing photos, of the Nador barites in situ in the pocket. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Unique, probably first existing photos, of the Nador barites in situ in the pocket. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

Unique, probably first existing photos, of the Nador barites in situ in the pocket. A. Korzekwa photo.

 

High quality barite specimen from Ouichane quarry. T. Praszkier photo.

 

High quality barite specimen from Ouichane quarry. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Same piece after lab work. J. Elliot photo.

 

High quality barite specimen from Ouichane quarry. T. Praszkier photo.

 

High quality barite specimen from Ouichane quarry. T. Praszkier photo.

 

High quality barite specimen from Ouichane quarry. T. Praszkier photo.

 

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  Comments

Thanks, once again, for a fantastic slide show. I understand why you keep returning to Morocco!
Fenster
2014-05-01 00:29:34

Thank you very much! We are happy you liked it.
tomek (admin)
2014-05-05 14:44:18

Very interesting, great photo`s. Must`ve been a great trip.
mineral
2014-06-26 04:28:42


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