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Bou Azzer District (Bou Azer District), Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 31° 4' 0'' North , 7° 1' 59'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 31.0666666667, -7.03305555556
Name(s) in local language(s):Bou Azzer District (Bou-Azzer; Bouazer; Bouazzar; Bou Azer), Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Maroc
Other regions containing this locality:Atlas Mountains, Northwest Africa
Northwest Africa


Famous cobalt(-silver) mining district.

Its western part is in the Ouarzazate province, whereas the eastern part is in the Zagora province.

NOTE: The spelling of the locality is variable:
The historical spelling, inherited from the period when mining started is "Bou Azzer".
Today, it is possible to see "Bou Azer", "Bouazzer" and even "Bou Azar", which is the closest transcription from Arabic.
The CTT mining company keeps on using the spelling "Bou Azzer", sometimes written in one word "Bouazzer". The district name should be written like the mining company does (GF).

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

Acanthite

Actinolite

Adamite

var: Alumino Adamite

var: Cuprian Adamite

Agardite-(Ce)

Agardite-(Y)

Albite

'Albite-Anorthite Series'

Allargentum

Alloclasite

Amphibole Supergroup

Andradite

Anglesite

Ankerite

Annabergite

var: Cobaltoan Magnesian Annabergite

var: Magnesian Annabergite

'Annabergite-Erythrite Series'

Antigorite

'Apatite'

Aragonite

Argyrodite

Arhbarite (TL)

Arsenic

Arseniosiderite

Arsenolite

Arsenopyrite

var: Danaite

Asbolane

Aurichalcite

Austinite

var: Cobaltoan Austinite

var: Cuprian Austinite

Awaruite

Azurite

Bariopharmacosiderite

Baryte

Bendadaite

β-Roselite

Beudantite

var: Cuprian Beudantite

'Biotite'

Bismuth

Bismuthinite

Bohdanowiczite

Bornite

Bouazzerite (TL)

Brannerite

'Bravoite'

Brochantite

Bromargyrite

Brookite

Brugnatellite

Cabalzarite

Calcite

var: Cobaltoan Calcite

Carrollite

Celestine

Cerussite

Chalcanthite

Chalcocite

Chalcophyllite

Chalcopyrite

Chlorargyrite

'Chlorite Group'

'Chrome-Spinel (of Dana)'

Chromite

Chrysocolla

Chrysotile

Cinnabar

Claudetite

Clausthalite

Clinoclase

'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'

Clinosafflorite

'Clinotyrolite'

Clinozoisite

Cobaltarthurite

Cobaltaustinite

var: Cuprian Cobaltaustinite

Cobaltite

Cobaltkoritnigite

Cobaltlotharmeyerite

var: Manganoan Cobaltlotharmeyerite

'Cobaltoan calcite-spherocobaltite'

Conichalcite

Connellite

Copper

Cornubite

Cornwallite

Covellite

Cubanite

Cuprite

var: Chalcotrichite

Cuprobismutite

Cyanotrichite

Diaspore

Digenite

Diopside

Dolomite

var: Cobaltoan Dolomite

Dyscrasite

'Electrum'

Emplectite

Enargite

Epidote

Epsomite

Erythrite

Eugenite

'Famatinite-Luzonite Series'

Ferrilotharmeyerite

var: Cobaltoan Ferrilotharmeyerite

Fornacite

Freibergite

Galena

'Garnet'

'Garnierite'

Geminite

Gersdorffite

Glaucodot

Glauconite

Godlevskite

Goethite

Gold

var: Palladian Gold

Grossular

var: Hibschite

Guanacoite

Guérinite

Gypsum

Haidingerite

Halite

Heazlewoodite

Hematite

var: Specularite

Hemimorphite

Hessite

Heterogenite

Hexahydrite

'Hornblende'

Hörnesite

Hydromagnesite

Idaite

Irhtemite (TL)

Iridium

Isomertieite

Jordisite

Kaolinite

Karibibite

Kashinite

Keithconnite

'K Feldspar'

'var: Adularia'

Kieftite

Köttigite

Kotulskite

Laurite

Lavendulan

Leucoxene

'Limonite'

Linnaeite

Litharge

Lizardite

Löllingite

Maghrebite (TL)

Magnesiochromite

Magnetite

var: Nickeloan Magnetite

Malachite

Mansfieldite

Marcasite

Maucherite

Mcguinnessite

Melanterite

Merenskyite

Mertieite-I

Metanováčekite

Metazeunerite

Millerite

Mimetite

Molybdenite

var: Rhenian Molybdenite

Montmorillonite

Moorhouseite

Mottramite

Népouite

Nickelaustinite (TL)

Nickeline

Nickellotharmeyerite

Nickelskutterudite

Nickeltalmessite (TL)

'Nováčekite'

Nováčekite-I

Olivenite

var: Cobaltoan Olivenite

var: Zincian Olivenite

Opal

Orpiment

Osmium

Palladseite

Pararammelsbergite

Parasymplesite

var: Cobaltoan Parasymplesite

Parnauite

Pearceite

Pecoraite

Pentlandite

Pharmacoalumite

Pharmacolite

Pharmacosiderite

Picropharmacolite

'Pimelite'

Polybasite

Powellite

Prehnite

Proustite

Pyrargyrite

Pyrite

Pyroaurite

Pyrophyllite

Pyrrhotite

Quartz

var: Chalcedony

var: Citrine

var: Milky Quartz

var: Sceptre Quartz

var: Smoky Quartz

Rammelsbergite

Realgar

Retgersite

Roselite

'Roselite-Wendwilsonite Series'

Rutile

Safflorite

Sainfeldite

Sarmientite

Schachnerite

Schneiderhöhnite

Schorl

Scorodite

Sepiolite

'Serpentine Subgroup'

Serpierite

Silver

Skutterudite

Smithsonite

Smolyaninovite

Sperrylite

Sphalerite

Spherocobaltite

Spinel

Stichtite

Stromeyerite

Sulphur

Symplesite

Szaibélyite

Takovite

Talc

Talmessite

var: Cobaltoan Talmessite

var: Nickeloan Talmessite

'Talmessite - β-Roselite Series'

Tennantite

Tetra-auricupride

Tetrahedrite

Titanite

Tremolite

'UM1991-19-Se:AsCo'

'Unnamed (Co Arsenide-Selenide)'

Uranospinite

Uvarovite

Vaesite

Valleriite

Vanadinite

Vladimirite

Volynskite

'Wad'

Walentaite

Weilite

Wendwilsonite (TL)

Wittichenite

Wulfenite

Wurtzite

Xanthoconite

Yukonite

var: Chromian Yukonite

Zálesíite

Zeunerite

Zincroselite

Zunyite


235 valid minerals. 7 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

Entries shown in red are rocks recorded for this region.

Note: this is a very new system on mindat.org and data is currently VERY limited. Please bear with us while we work towards adding this information!

Rock list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

Geochronology

Mineralization age: Phanerozoic : 315 Ma to ± 5.1 Ma

Important note: This table is based only on rock and mineral ages recorded below and is not necessarily a complete representation of the geochronology, but does give an indication of possible mineralization events relevant to this locality. As more age information is added this table may expand in the future. A break in the table simply indicates a lack of data entered here, not necessarily a break in the geologic sequence. Grey background entries are from different, related, localities.

Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
Phanerozoic
 Cenozoic
  Quaternary
   Anthropocene
ⓘ Brannerite (youngest age) ± 5.1 Ma
    
  
 Paleozoic
  Carboniferous
   Pennsylvanian
ⓘ Brannerite (oldest age)315 MaVein No. 7, Bou Azer, Bou Azzer District (Bou Azer District), Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

Localities in this Region


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References

Bültemann, H.W. (1957) Novácekit und Uranospinit von Bou Azzer, Marokko. Aufschluss, 8, 4 (in German).

Pallix, G. (1978) Famous Mineral Localities: Bou Azzer, Morocco. Mineralogical Record 9 (2), 69-73.

Schmetzer, K., Tremmel, G., and Bartelke, W. (1980) Eine Paragenese seltener Mineralien aus Bou-Azzer, Marokko: Parasymplesit, Symplesit, Schneiderhöhnit, Karibibit. N. Jb. Mineral. Abh., 138, 94-108 (in German).

Hochleitner, R. (1981) Aktuelle Neufunde: Seltene Mineralien von Bou Azzer, Marokko. Lapis, 6 (2), 29-30.

Schmetzer, K. and Tremmel, G. (1981) Mcguinnessit (Mg,Cu)2CO3(OH)2 aus Bou Azzer, Marokko - ein neuer Fundpunkt. N. Jb. Mineral. Mh., 1981, 443-451.

Cesbron, F.P., Ginderow, D., Giraud, R., Pelissson, P., and Pillard, F. (1987) La nickelaustinite, Ca(Ni,Zn)(AsO4)(OH): nouvelle espèce minérale du district cobalto-nickelifère de Bou-Azzer, Maroc. Canadian Mineralogist, 25, 401-407.

Vinogradova, R.A., Uljanov, A.A., Korotaeva, N.N., Obraztsov, V.V., Azizi, S.M.R., and Maasha, L. (1994) Selenium-bearing sulfarsenides of the cobaltite-gersdorffite series from deposits of Bu-Azzer district (Morocco). Zapiski Vserossiiskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva 123, 64-68 (in Russian).

Favreau, G. and Dietrich, J.E. (2001) Bou Azzer, description des espèces minérales. Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, (73), 34-112. (in French) [The complete article: Favreau, G. and Dietrich, J. E. (2001) Le district cobalto-nickélifère de Bou Azzer (Maroc) - Géologie, histoire et description des espèces minérales. Le Cahier des Micromonteurs 3/2001, 1-112 (in French)].

Gasquet, D., Levresse, G., Cheilletz, A., Deloule, E., Azizi Samir M.R., and Zyadi, R. (2005) Contribution to a geodynamic reconstruction of the Anti-Atlas (Morocco) during Pan African times with the emphasis on inversion tectonics and metallogenetic activity at the Precambrian-Cambrian transition. Precambrian Research. 140, 3-4, 157-182.

Favreau, G. and Dietrich, J.E. (2006) Eine weltberühmte Kontaktlagerstätte: Bou Azzer, Marokko. Lapis 31(7/8), 13-21 (in German).

Ait Haddouch, L., Maacha, L., Dietrich, J.E., and Favreau, G. (2006) Kobaltförderung seit 1928: Die Bergbaugeschichte von Bou Azzer. Lapis 31(7/8), 22-26 (in German).

Favreau, G. and Dietrich, J.E. (2006) Die Mineralien von Bou Azzer. Lapis 31(7/8), 27-68 (in German).

Weiß, S. (2006) Komplette Mineralliste des Grubenreviers Bou Azzer. Lapis 31(7/8), 72-73 (in German).

Favreau, G., Dietrich, J.E., Meisser, N., Brugger, J., Ait Haddouch, L, and Maacha, L. (2007) Bou Azzer, Morocco. Mineralogical Record 38, 345-407. [an English adaptation and update of the Lapis special issue from 2006].

Favreau, G., Meisser, N., Kampf, A., Devouard, B., and Parodi, G.C. (2007) Descriptions complémentaires des minéraux du district de Bou Azzer (2001-2007). Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, 2/2007, 3-96.

Ahmed Hassan Ahmed, Shoji Arai, and Moha Ikenne (2009) Mineralogy and Paragenesis of the Co-Ni Arsenide Ores of Bou Azzer, Anti-Atlas, Morocco. Economic Geology 104, 249-266.

Oberthür, T., Melcher, F., Henjes-Kunst, F., Gerdes, A., Stein, H., Zimmerman, A., and El Ghorfi, M. (2009) Hercynian age of the cobalt-nickel-arsenide-(gold) ores, Bou Azzer, Anti-Atlas, Morocco: Re-Os, Sm-Nd, and U-Pb age determinations. Economic Geology, 104(7), 1065-1079.

Praszkier, T. (2010) Mineralogische Bonanzas - die Funde der letzten beiden Jahre in Bou Azzer, Marokko. Mineralien-Welt 21 (2), 68-77.

Maacha L., Lebedev V.I., Saddiqi O., Zouhair M., Elghorfi M., Borissenko A.S., and Pavlova G.G. (2015) Arsenide deposits of the Bou Azzer ore district (Anti-Atlas Metallogenic Province) and their Economic Outlook. Ed: V.V. Yarmolyuk, TuvIENR SB RAS, Kyzyl, 66pp.

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