Moroccan Deposits

 

Moroccan Market provides different kinds of deposits and mines, such as :

  1. Lead-copper-zinc deposits: they constitute the largest group in quantity of known deposits. They are found in virtually all geodynamic contexts of the country. The most important are  Touissit-Bédiane in the region of Oujda, Tighza (near M’rirt), Hajar (near Marrakech), Tafilalet, Bleida (near Zagora), Aouli-Mibladen-Zaida (near Midelt)..
  2. Phosphate deposits: four districts are known: Khouribga, Youssoufia and Bengrir, Boucraa. Other indications are known nearby (Meskala, Chichaoua) and are being recognized.
  3. Deposits stanno-wolframières: we signal here within this framework of Oulmes, and Azegour (molybdenum) deposits. The work undertaken in the area of “Achemache” (Central Morocco) and Taourirt “Tamellalt” (Suraj)  highlighted the occurrences under development.
  4. Cobalto-nickel deposits: If evidence of nickel are known in combination with high Atlas Central and basic rocks of the gir, it is no less that the only exploited deposit is the “Bou Azzer” (Region of Taznakt). This district was discovered when Aboriginal people had noticed the poison of a cobalt Arsenide (erythritol) capabilities and having ended-up being one of most beautiful minerals sought by collectors of minerals around the world.
  5. Deposits manganesiferes: the region of Ouarzazate is one of the richest in this element indication metallogenic provinces. Note that it is in this region that a mineral, called Marokite, was discovered in the early 1960s. Currently, only the “Imini” is in-service. Other districts are known and had been the subject of exploitation, including in particular the deposit of “Bou Arfa”.
  6. Iron deposits: several deposits are known but will be limited to mention a few: First, “Kettara” which had been operated for pyrrhotite (for the production of sulfuric acid). Then the district of “Ouixane”, in the region of Nador and finally many deposits and deposits of Tafilalet (including “Imino Tourza”) and “Ait Amar”.
  7. Silver deposits: If there is a field that deserves a special mention, it would be the deposit to “Imiter”. It had the happiness of local tribes and the wealth of several dynasties including the “Almoravids”. The scope of the work and remains of the ‘old’ show if need is how the mining industry was developed in the region. In addition, it is more than one of the rare deposits around the world to be exploited for money as a primary mineral and with a primarily silver mineral association. Note in this context the discovery in 1983 of a new mineral that had been referred to as “Imiter” in reference to the deposit. Another district, “Zgounder”, is known in “Siroua” and was also the subject of exploitation by the ancients.
  8. Gold deposits: the Morocco doesn’t have the reputation of being a gold country in the same way as some other African countries. However, several showings and deposits are known and exploited. It will first post “Iourirn” deposit, in the “Akka” region which is in operation but it will also post the old deposit of  “Tiwit”  in “Saghro”, which operated during the second half of the last century. A Gold Copper deposit is in operation in the region of Seksaoua (region of Imin-Tanout). Another gite (Jebel Haouanite) is currently operating in the region of “Bou Arfa”. However, multiple occurrences are known here and there as well in the gir that in the High Atlas and the Lesser Atlas.
  9.  Deposits antimoniferes: several deposits have been exploited in Central Morocco and in the gir.
  10. Fluo-barytic deposits: Morocco is one of the world’s leading producers of barite. Several districts are known. Include in particular Jbel Ighoud, Seksaoa and Tafilalet. But the largest deposit is that of “Zelmou”, in the region of “Bou Arfa”. Concerning the fluorite, only deposit in operation is El Hamam area Khémisset. Other deposits were mined in the area Taourirt (Jbel Tiremmi) and the Central Morocco (Zrahina)