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Mibladen mining district, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Moroccoi
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Midelt ProvinceProvince
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
32° 46' 0'' North , 4° 37' 59'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
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Name(s) in local language(s):
Mibladen (Bou-Selloum; Mibladén; Mibladan; Mibladene; Miblanden)


A district world-famous for its excellent vanadinite crystals.
Located about 25 km NE of the town of Midelt.

A stratiform deposit (baryte and galena) hosted in Liassic limestones and dolomites. It was operated by French companies that were installed on the nearby vein-deposit of Aouli. Today, Moroccan miners continue to explore old workings (for baryte and cerussite) or drill small shafts from the surface (for vanadinite).

Between 1926-1949 more than 600 different shafts were worked, most are now deeper than 10m.

The different shafts, mines and open pits were divided in separate workings (Quartiers or chantier in French) and given name such as Les A, Les AB, Les S, Les O, Les R, Les T, Les Dalles, Anne-Marie, 2em Horizon, Bou el Maden, Marguerite and the ACF Mine.

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Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded from this region.


Mineral List

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

20 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Reference: Jahn, S., Medenbach, O., Lyckberg, P., Lierl, H. J., Bode, R. & Brandstätter, G. (2003): Marokko - Land der schönen Mineralien und Fossilien. Bode Verlag, Haltern, Germany, 543 pp (p. 253-4); Praszkier, T. (2013): Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285
Aragonite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Praszkier, T. (2013): Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Localities: Reported from at least 7 localities in this region.
Reference: Praszkier, T. (2013): Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Praszkier, T. (2013): Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285
Cerussite
Formula: PbCO3
Localities: Reported from at least 6 localities in this region.
Reference: Praszkier, T. (2013): Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Jébrak, M., Marcoux, E., Masloubi, M., and Zaharaoui, M. (1998): Mineralium Deposita 33, 406-415; Praszkier, T. (2013): Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Jébrak, M., Marcoux, E., Nasloubi, M., Zaharaoui, M. (1998): From sandstone- to carbonate-hosted stratabound deposits: an isotope study of galena in the Upper-Moulouya District (Morocco). Mineralium Deposita 33(4), 406-415.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Localities: Reported from at least 6 localities in this region.
Reference: Jahn, S., Medenbach, O., Lyckberg, P., Lierl, H. J., Bode, R. & Brandstätter, G. (2003): Marokko - Land der schönen Mineralien und Fossilien. Bode Verlag, Haltern, Germany, 543 pp (p. 246)
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: Praszkier, T. (2013): Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: Praszkier, T. (2013): Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285
Hollandite
Formula: Ba(Mn4+6Mn3+2)O16
Reference: Dennis Tryon
'Manganese Oxides'
Reference: Praszkier, T. (2013): Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285
Minium
Formula: Pb3O4
Reference: Jébrak, M., Marcoux, E., Nasloubi, M., Zaharaoui, M. (1998): From sandstone- to carbonate-hosted stratabound deposits: an isotope study of galena in the Upper-Moulouya District (Morocco). Mineralium Deposita 33(4), 406-415.
Mottramite
Formula: PbCu(VO4)(OH)
Reference: Praszkier, T. (2013): Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285
Paralaurionite
Formula: PbCl(OH)
Reference: Gaudefroy, C. (1955): Paralaurionite from Mibladen. In: description provisoire des espèces minérales du Maroc. III. Notes Mémoires Service Géologique Maroc. 123, 170-172
Phosgenite
Formula: Pb2CO3Cl2
Reference: Jébrak, M., Marcoux, E., Nasloubi, M., Zaharaoui, M. (1998): From sandstone- to carbonate-hosted stratabound deposits: an isotope study of galena in the Upper-Moulouya District (Morocco). Mineralium Deposita 33(4), 406-415.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Jébrak, M., Marcoux, E., Nasloubi, M., Zaharaoui, M. (1998): From sandstone- to carbonate-hosted stratabound deposits: an isotope study of galena in the Upper-Moulouya District (Morocco). Mineralium Deposita 33(4), 406-415.
Pyromorphite
Formula: Pb5(PO4)3Cl
Reference: Jébrak, M., Marcoux, E., Nasloubi, M., Zaharaoui, M. (1998): From sandstone- to carbonate-hosted stratabound deposits: an isotope study of galena in the Upper-Moulouya District (Morocco). Mineralium Deposita 33(4), 406-415.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Jébrak, M., Marcoux, E., Nasloubi, M., Zaharaoui, M. (1998): From sandstone- to carbonate-hosted stratabound deposits: an isotope study of galena in the Upper-Moulouya District (Morocco). Mineralium Deposita 33(4), 406-415.
Vanadinite
Formula: Pb5(VO4)3Cl
Localities: Reported from at least 9 localities in this region.
Habit: Several
Colour: Orange to bright red, cherry-red, brownish-red, brown, almost black
Reference: Praszkier, T. (2013) Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record, 44, 247-285.
Wulfenite
Formula: Pb(MoO4)
Reference: Tomasz Praszkier specimen

Gallery:

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Group 3 - Halides
Paralaurionite3.DC.05PbCl(OH)
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Hollandite4.DK.05aBa(Mn4+6Mn3+2)O16
Minium4.BD.05Pb3O4
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Aragonite5.AB.15CaCO3
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Cerussite5.AB.15PbCO3
Dolomite5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
Phosgenite5.BE.20Pb2CO3Cl2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Anglesite7.AD.35PbSO4
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Wulfenite7.GA.05Pb(MoO4)
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Mottramite8.BH.40PbCu(VO4)(OH)
Pyromorphite8.BN.05Pb5(PO4)3Cl
Vanadinite8.BN.05Pb5(VO4)3Cl
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Manganese Oxides'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Minium7.2.8.1Pb3O4
AB8X16
Hollandite7.9.1.1Ba(Mn4+6Mn3+2)O16
Group 10 - OXYHALIDES AND HYDROXYHALIDES
A(O,OH)Xq
Paralaurionite10.2.3.1PbCl(OH)
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Cerussite14.1.3.4PbCO3
AB(XO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Phosgenite16a.3.4.1Pb2CO3Cl2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anglesite28.3.1.3PbSO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 41 - ANHYDROUS PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Mottramite41.5.2.2PbCu(VO4)(OH)
A5(XO4)3Zq
Pyromorphite41.8.4.1Pb5(PO4)3Cl
Vanadinite41.8.4.3Pb5(VO4)3Cl
Group 48 - ANHYDROUS MOLYBDATES AND TUNGSTATES
AXO4
Wulfenite48.1.3.1Pb(MoO4)
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Aragonite-CaCO3
'Manganese Oxides'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H MottramitePbCu(VO4)(OH)
H ParalaurionitePbCl(OH)
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C AragoniteCaCO3
C CerussitePbCO3
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C PhosgenitePb2CO3Cl2
OOxygen
O VanadinitePb5(VO4)3Cl
O CalciteCaCO3
O AragoniteCaCO3
O BaryteBaSO4
O CerussitePbCO3
O MottramitePbCu(VO4)(OH)
O WulfenitePb(MoO4)
O AnglesitePbSO4
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O QuartzSiO2
O PhosgenitePb2CO3Cl2
O PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
O ParalaurionitePbCl(OH)
O MiniumPb3O4
O HollanditeBa(Mn64+Mn23+)O16
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O HematiteFe2O3
MgMagnesium
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
PPhosphorus
P PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
SSulfur
S BaryteBaSO4
S GalenaPbS
S AnglesitePbSO4
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S PyriteFeS2
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
ClChlorine
Cl VanadinitePb5(VO4)3Cl
Cl PhosgenitePb2CO3Cl2
Cl PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
Cl ParalaurionitePbCl(OH)
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca AragoniteCaCO3
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
VVanadium
V VanadinitePb5(VO4)3Cl
V MottramitePbCu(VO4)(OH)
MnManganese
Mn HollanditeBa(Mn64+Mn23+)O16
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe HematiteFe2O3
CuCopper
Cu MottramitePbCu(VO4)(OH)
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
MoMolybdenum
Mo WulfenitePb(MoO4)
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
Ba HollanditeBa(Mn64+Mn23+)O16
PbLead
Pb VanadinitePb5(VO4)3Cl
Pb CerussitePbCO3
Pb MottramitePbCu(VO4)(OH)
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb WulfenitePb(MoO4)
Pb AnglesitePbSO4
Pb PhosgenitePb2CO3Cl2
Pb PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
Pb ParalaurionitePbCl(OH)
Pb MiniumPb3O4

References

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Gaudefroy, C. (1955) Paralaurionite from Mibladen. In: Description provisoire des espèces minérales du Maroc. III. Notes et Mémoires du Service Géologique du Maroc, 123, 170-172 (in French).
Kipfer, A. (1974) Ein neues Hobby: Kleinmineralien sammeln und präparieren. Franckh'sche Verlagshandlung, W. Keller & Co., Stuttgart, 64 pages [photo of vanadinite from the locality on page 6] (in German).
Jébrak, M., Marcoux, E., Masloubi, M., Zaharaoui, M. (1998) From sandstone- to carbonate-hosted stratabound deposits: an isotope study of galena in the Upper-Moulouya District (Morocco). Mineralium Deposita, 33, 406-415.
Jahn, S., Medenbach, O., Lyckberg, P., Lierl, H.J., Bode, R., Brandstätter, G. (2003) Marokko - Land der schönen Mineralien und Fossilien. Bode Verlag, Haltern, Germany, 543 pages: 240-275.
Praszkier, T. (2013) Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record, 44, 247-285.

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