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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 07.25.2018 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve posted superb new specimens in this new Bou Azzer Update (click here). A few localities from this famous Moroccan mining district are represented, including the famous Agoudal Mine, which unfortunately has just recently closed.

Roselite on calcite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Roselite on calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco – 7.7 cm

Roselite, epitactic on beta-roselite, with cobaltausitnite, on cobaltoan calcite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, MoroccoRoselite, epitactic on beta-roselite, with cobaltausitnite, on cobaltoan calcite
Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco
5.7 cm

Roselite, epitactic on beta-roselite, on cobaltoan calcite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Roselite, exhibiting epitactic orientation on beta-roselite
Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Roselite with minor beta-roselite, on calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Roselite with minor beta-roselite, on calcite
Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco
5.6 cm

Roselite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Roselite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco- 6.3 cm

Cobaltoan Calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Cobaltoan Calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco – 12.0 cm

Cobaltoan Calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Cobaltoan Calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco – 5.3 cm

Cobaltoan Calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Cobaltoan Calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco – 7.9 cm

Cobaltoan Calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Cobaltoan Calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco – 5.9 cm

Cobaltoan Calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Cobaltoan Calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco – 4.5 cm

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco – 9.8 cm

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco
Field of view 2.0 cm

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco
Field of view 3.0 cm

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco
Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco – 4.6 cm

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco – 5.0 cm

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco
Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco
Field of view 4.5 cm

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco – 6.8 cm

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Erythrite, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate, Morocco
Field of view 3.0 cm

Gersdorffite, Aït Ahmane Mine,  Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Gersdorffite, Aït Ahmane Mine, Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco – 4.6 cm

Skutterudite, Bouismas Mine,  Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Skutterudite, Bouismas Mine, Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco – 6.1 cm

Skutterudite, Bouismas Mine,  Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Skutterudite, Bouismas Mine, Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco – 4.5 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 04.07.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added a few colourful new specimens in this Morocco Update (click here).  This update includes some particularly fine and unusual pieces, including a super azurite-malachite from the Tasalart Mine, Tafraout, exceptional fluorites from Sidi Said, hot pink cobaltoan dolomites, a glowing jewel of a cobaltoan calcite from the Agoudal Mine in the Bou Azzer district, a mirror-bright skutterudite from the Bouismas Mine and a beautiful, classic twinned cerussite from Touissit.

Azurite and malachite pseudomorphs after azurite, Tazalart Mine, Tafraout, Tiznit Province, Morocco

 Azurite and malachite pseudomorphs after azurite, Tazalart Mine, Tafraout, Tiznit Province, Morocco
Field of view 4.5 cm

Fluorite, Chebka Sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco

Fluorite, Chebka Sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco – 4.o cm

 Fluorite, Chebka Sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco

Fluorite with quartz, Chebka Sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Morocco – 5.2 cm

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco – 5.7 cm

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Dolomite, var. cobaltoan dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Field of view – 3.0 cm

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco – 13.7 cm

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District,
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Field of view 2.2 cm

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Field of view – 3.0 cm

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Calcite, var. cobaltoan calcite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Field of view – 2.5 cm

Skutterudite, Bouismas Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Skutterudite, Bouismas Mine, Bou Azzer District
Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Field of view – 2.5 cm

Quartz on Chalcedony, Sidi Rahal, El Kelaa des Sraghna Province, Morocco

Quartz on Chalcedony, Sidi Rahal, El Kelaa des Sraghna Province, Morocco
Field of view – 3.0 cm

Quartz var. Amethyst, Sidi Rahal, El Kelaa des Sraghna Province, Morocco

Quartz var. Amethyst, Sidi Rahal, El Kelaa des Sraghna Province, Morocco
Field of view – 5.0 cm

Cerussite, Touissit, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco

Cerussite, Touissit, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco – 3.1 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 01.13.2015 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

I’ve added a new Morocco Update (click here) with some particularly fine specimens. I have managed to obtain five more blue barites from the Sidi Lahcen Mine in Nador that are worthy of including on the site. Although almost all barites from Sidi Lahcen have some amount of damage (many are badly damaged) these ones are in excellent condition – they are great high-quality pieces.

Barite, Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco

Barite, Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco – 10.7 cm

Barite, Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco

Barite, Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nador, Morocco – field of view approximately 10 cm

This update includes several wonderful individual specimens. A startling hot pink cabinet specimen of cobaltoan dolomite from Bou Azzer, a super sharp thumbnail-sized specimen of, and also a great glassy miniature of green fluorapatite from Imilchil, a sharp, gemmy brown titanite from Imilchil, a Tounfit fluorite that will have you looking a while to sort out the morphology, and an unusually fine specimen of sprays of goethite crystals included in quartz crystals from Tizi-n-Tichka.

Dolomite, var. Cobaltoan Dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco

Dolomite, var. Cobaltoan Dolomite, Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer District, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco – 10.8 cm

Fluorapatite, Anezmy, Imilchil, Morocco

Fluorapatite, Anezmy, Imilchil, Morocco – 4.3 cm

Fluorapatite, Anezmy, Imilchil, Morocco

Fluorapatite, Anezmy, Imilchil, Morocco – 3.0 cm

Titanite, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Morocco

Titanite, Imilchil, Er Rachidia, Morocco – largest crystal 1.5 cm

Goethite, Quartz, Tizi-n-Tichka, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Goethite in Quartz crystals, Tizi-n-Tichka, Ouarzazate, Morocco

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra, Morocco

Fluorite, Tounfit, Boumia, Khenifra, Morocco – crystal approximately 1 cm

Finally in this update, I have included a group of new specimens of yellow fluorite cubes with barite and quartz. Although Moroccan yellow fluorite is often attributed to “Aouli”, an abandoned historical mining complex which is not producing specimens, contemporary specimens are in fact from an area near Sidi Ayed. It is road-accessible, but it is relatively remote in a barren, windswept area, which sees sandstorms in the dry weather and roads washed out in the rain. These fluorites are nice for Sidi Ayed specimens, for a few reasons – they are isolated on quartz crystals rather than massed together, some of the quartz has some nice red colouring from hematite, and a few of the crystals show tiny irregular zones of greenish blue colour.

Fluorite, Sidi Ayed, Boulemane, Morocco

 

Fluorite, Sidi Ayed, Boulemane, Morocco – crystal 0.8 cm

Fluorite, Sidi Ayed, Boulemane, Morocco

Fluorite, Sidi Ayed, Boulemane, Morocco – crystal 1 cm