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Baryte, Morocco

Posted by Rock Currier  
avatar Baryte, Morocco
May 08, 2009 11:59AM
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Can you help make this a better article? What good localities have we missed? Can you supply pictures of better specimens than those we show here? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from these localities? Can you supply better geological or historical information on these localities?


Baryte, Morocco
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Here will go a good picture of a Baryte from Morocco and general remarks about the Baryte from this country. Here are some url's to some of the better Moroccan Baryte specimens here on Mindat that can be considered for inclusion in the article. These, in most cases are just for temporary use until we can get images of the much better specimens that are almost certainly out there. We should also consider that there are probably localities out there with fine specimens that are not even mentioned on Mindat. Also in some instances there are sometimes pictures on Mindat, of specimens from a locality, but they were so ratty that I did not include them here, but there may also be really good specimens from there that we should talk about in this article.


Baryte
Morocco
Irhoud Mine, Safi Province, Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco
[www.mindat.org]
[www.mindat.org]


Baryte
Morocco
Erfoud (Erfud), Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet

Region, Morocco
[www.mindat.org]


Baryte
Morocco
Mefis Mine, Erfoud (Erfud), Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocc
[www.mindat.org]


Baryte
Morocco
Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
[www.mindat.org]
[www.mindat.org]
[www.mindat.org]
[www.mindat.org]


Baryte
Morocco
Mount Aouam, M'Rirt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
[www.mindat.org]


Baryte
Morocco
Aouli, Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
[www.mindat.org]


Baryte
Morocco
Mibladene (Mibladén; Mibladan; Miblanden), Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khénifra Province,


Baryte
Morocco
Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
[www.mindat.org]
[www.mindat.org]
[www.mindat.org]
[www.mindat.org]


Baryte
Morocco
Mibladen Mine, Mibladene (Mibladén; Mibladan; Miblanden), Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
[www.mindat.org]




Here are some notes I made about Baryte from Morocco that may be usefull to whoever writes this article.


Morocco
Mibladen. The barites from the base metal mines near the little village of Mibladen form as crusts of thin blades. They are found in a variety of colors, white, cream colored, tan, reddish-brown etc. They sometimes make interesting specimens in themselves, but almost always they serve as a backdrop for the fine cerussites and vanadinite crystals that come from the locality. Tens of thousands of specimens of barite vanadinite, cerussite combinations have been dug by the out of work miners from the local mines and specimens continue to be produced today (2003)

A’ouli. ”Sparkling off-white blades to 1 cm with small malachite balls to 0.4 cm. 6x6 cm. Rare.”
1 Bill Dameron, personal communication, 2003, description of a specimen in his collection.

Fez region. “Enruque Llorens Pozo,…Barcelona, Spain…had a number of large new barite specimens from the Fez region available at last year’s Denver show. The crystals form rather thick, tabular, colorless overgrowths on an earlier generation of etched pale yellow barite.”1
1. Mineralogical Record, Vol. 21, 1990, p.490.
Enrique Llorens Pozo (Joaquin Costa 58, 4.°, 08001 Barcelona, Spain)

Aouam. “Very clear, large (7.5 cm) tabular xl. Scarce.”1
1 Bill Dameron, personal communication, 2003, description of a specimen in his collection.

Mid Atlas Mountains, M’hrit. “Large, flawless, tabular, colorless barite crystals up to 20 cm, occasionally as scepters, were found at M’hrit…”1
1. Mineralogical Record, What’s New in Minerals, Vol. 23, 1992, p.435.
Who would know about these creatures and be able to give a better locality?

Tichka, Iflite Mine. Very clear blades to nearly 3 cm, some (goethite?) inclusions, on tiny quartz crystals, 6 cm group. Rare.1
1 Bill Dameron, personal communication, 2003, description of a specimen in his collection.



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Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.



Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 12/28/2012 08:36PM by Rock Currier.
avatar Re: Baryte, Morocco
June 08, 2012 09:46PM
    
Here is a baryte that might make it into the article. Also has cerussite and galena.


Dennis



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/07/2012 08:01PM by Dennis Tryon.
avatar Re: Baryte, Morocco
June 08, 2012 11:33PM
    
Rock,
this one is from Mfis in fact: [www.mindat.org]

Beside of mentioned localities there are 2 important new finds (see here: [www.spiriferminerals.com]).
There is also baryte in El Hammam.

Cheers!
Tomek

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"Spirifer" Geological Society
avatar Re: Baryte, Morocco
June 09, 2012 06:17AM
When someone writes the Best Minerals, Baryte, Morocco article, I am sure they will be included.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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