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Lhamda Fluorite Mine.

Posted by Karel Bal  
Karel Bal July 20, 2008 03:10PM
Lhamda Fluorite Mine, Touroug, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco.

Small Fluorite Mine about 5km. southeast of Touroug (Ksar de Touroug; Ba Touroug).
Google Earth: 31° 33' 41 N / 04 43' 03 W

Bicolored large Fluorite cubes with well defined internal zones of yellow green and olive green color on Quartzite matrix. The crystals are mostly penetration twins with growth patterns on the cube faces, have phantoms and sometimes hematite inclusions .

Ref: Geonieuws 33(3), maart 2008
Raymond Dedeyne / Marokko 2007 / Deel 2

Chester S. Lemanski, Jr. July 20, 2008 03:25PM
Karel Bal July 20, 2008 05:59PM
Great job Chester, Thanks !

Iván Blanco (PDM) March 13, 2012 08:59AM
Dear Mr. Chester,

I have been checking the position of the Lhamda mine (that I visited in 2009) and the description given by Mr. Dedeyne in : Geonieuws 33(3), maart 2008 (Raymond Dedeyne / Marokko 2007 / Deel 2) and it is clear that there is a lot of missunderstanding about this mine.

The real location should be:

Lhamda Fluorite Mine, Touroug, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.

some other fluorites of this mine are willfully mislabeled on mindat as:

-Hameda quarry, Jorf El Melha, Sidi Kacem Province, Gharb-Chrarda-Béni Hssen Region, Morocco

(Hameda is realy Lhamda) and Is not "Jorf El Melha" but just "Jorf", because the mine is between the localities of Touroug and Jorf (Er Rachidia Province).

Could you please let me know if I have to add more information?

Best regards,

Iván Blanco

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/13/2012 09:01AM by Iván Blanco (2).
Tomasz Praszkier March 13, 2012 10:02AM
Name of the mine is Hameda. It is located between Jorf and Touroug
coordinates are: 31°30'41.65"N, 4°36'22.74"W
You can see mine on google maps.

"Spirifer" Geological Society
Iván Blanco (PDM) March 13, 2012 12:46PM
OK, Thanks Tomek, so you confirm that it is in Er Rachidia Province and not in Sidi Kacem Province. Thanks again .

Iván Blanco
Karel Bal March 13, 2012 01:08PM

Indeed you're right, the mine is located in the Rachidia Province, I shall change it.
Perhaps I'll see you Sunday at the Nautilus Show / Ghent.

Philip Bluemner January 05, 2016 05:16PM
see also
The Touroug version should be deleted.

Best regards

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/05/2016 05:21PM by Philip Bluemner.
Price Down Minerals. com May 29, 2016 01:53PM
According to the geological service of Morocco the name of the mine is: Touroug-El Hamda. It is located in the Jbel Lhamda, at the NE of the Jbel Ougnat massive. This is indeed an area with multiple quarries and trenches, and not just a big cut. They are now inactive. I think that the term "Fluorite" should be removed from the name because these are fluorite and baryte quarries.

Reference: Notes et Mémoire du Service géologique Maroc (2011), 564 , pg 29.


Iván Blanco
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