Mibladen Mining District, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||32° 46' 0'' North , 4° 37' 59'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||32.76667,-4.63333|
|Name(s) in local language(s):||Mibladen (Bou-Selloum; Mibladén; Mibladan; Mibladene; Miblanden)|
|Other regions containing this locality:||Atlas Mountains, Northwest Africa|
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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21 valid minerals.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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|Pliocene - Miocene|
2.588 - 23.03 Ma
|Miocene-Pliocene sedimentary rocks|
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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.