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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 12:09    Post subject: Moroccan Trip 2004  

Hello everybody
As I promised some weeks ago:
http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=22650#22650
I’m going to post some photographs of my Morocco trip in 2004. Please, be lenient with my English level :-)
Most of the photos were taken by my trip friends, so thanks to them.
The travel started for me in Cantabria (north of Spain). I travelled one night by train between Cantabria and Madrid, after that I joined a couple of friends and we continued the trip in a 4x4 vehicle to Algeciras (in the south of Spain) where we slept one night and in the next morning we took a boat to Ceuta (one Spanish city in the north of Morocco) with a group of collectors from the south and east of Spain.
The first day in Morocco passed driving between Ceuta and Midelt. In the road we stopped for lunch in Meknes and for buying some minerals in two different “flea markets”: first in the “Milestone place” and after in the “Cedar forest”. In both markets we found some interesting minerals: Vanadites, azurites, malachite, sericolit gypsums, erythrites, fluorites, garnets…
Few hours after we could arrive to our Hotel in Midelt.



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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 12:19    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

The second day we visited the “Lidal Mine”. In this mine we could see wulfenite, cerusite, Baryte and galena on-site.


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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 12:27    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

After that we could meet some miners and traders in Mibladem in order to acquire some minerals.


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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 12:36    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

More photos


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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 12:41    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

The next day we travelled to Erfoud in the south-east of Morocco close to the border of Algeria. There, we could see the fossil stores and enjoy the beautiful dunes.


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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 12:47    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

The fourth day we visited the old closed mines of Aouli in the morning and the Mibladem Vanadite shafts in the afternoon.


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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 12:54    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

Vanadite shafts


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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 13:10    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 13:14    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

The last day we returned to Spain, and I spent one day more returning to my home.
This was the end of the trip.

Perhaps in a few days I could take some photos of Moroccan minerals.
Bye :-)
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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 13:14    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

Thanks for nice photos! What is funny specimen described as "big vanadinite" is owed by me for some time... Things are not disappearing in nature :-) If you look at 2nd Mindat.org Conference poster - you can see Moroccan guy with THIS specimen :-)
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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 13:15    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

Here is the poster with vanadinite :-)


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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 13:17    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

Tomasz Praszkier wrote:

Thanks for nice photos! What is funny specimen described as "big vanadinite" is owed by me for some time... Things are not disappearing in nature :-) If you look at 2nd Mindat.org Conference poster - you can see Moroccan guy with THIS specimen :-)
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The world is smaller every day :-)
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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 14:13    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

Lovely thread Jonathan. Thank you so much!
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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 22:28    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

I thank you too.
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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 23:02    Post subject: Re: Moroccan Trip 2004  

Dear Jonathan:

Absolutely fantastic post! The photos are just great. To see the specimens first hand is truly inspiring. I hope to be in Morocco next year with my two children and pocket full of Euros. Would you be willing to provide high-resolution photos, perhaps by email and do you have any contact names of people in Morocco worth speaking to about minerals. I am having a letter translated into the “native tongue” of Morocco so I can contact the mining companies and mining officials directly.

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