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Mibladen mining district, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 32° 46' 0'' North , 4° 37' 59'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 32.76667,-4.63333
GeoHash:G#: evudqsfpe
Other regions containing this locality:Atlas Mountains, North Africa
Northwest Africa Meteorites
Locality type:District
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate
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, mostly on a depth 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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Gaudefroy, C. (1955) Paralaurionite from Mibladen. In: Description provisoire des espèces minérales du Maroc. III. Notes Mémoires Service Géologique Maroc. 123, 170-172 (in French).
Jébrak, M., Marcoux, E., Masloubi, M., and 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., and Brandstätter, G. (2003) Marokko - Land der schönen Mineralien und Fossilien. Bode Verlag, Haltern, Germany, 543 pp (p. 240-275).
Praszkier, T. (2013) Mibladen, Morocco. Mineralogical Record. 44, 247-285.

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