evaporite in Libya

Geologic information

Location:19.2167, 29.2333
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Site typearea
Deposit typeevaporite
Evaporite basinMarada
Basin typecontinental closed basin
Potassium minerals:
Other minerals:
Notes:Salts derived from surrounding Miocene rocks.
Geologic map unit19.2167, 29.2333
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Economic information

StatusSmall Past Production
K2O tonnage0.0128Million tonnes
Data years1939-1940
Data sourceNotholt (1983)
Estimates of reserves or resources
Ore tonnage1.6Million tonnes
Grade of K2O40% of ore
Data years1939
Data sourceGoudarzi (1982)

Reference information


Minor production of KCl from brine in 1939-40; reserve figure is for a 15-square km area.


British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 1979, World survey of potash resources (3d ed.): London, British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 138 p.
Goudarzi, G.H., 1970, Geology and mineral resources of Libya; A reconnaissance: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 660, 104 p. (Also available at
Goudarzi, G.H., 1982, Potash in Libya, in Austin, G.S., ed., Industrial rocks and minerals of the Southwest: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Circular 182, p. 27-30.
Notholt, A.J.G., 1983, Potash in developing countries, in McKercher, R.M., ed., Potash 83; Potash technology; mining, processing, maintenance, transportation, occupational health and safety, environment: Toronto, Canada, Pergamon Press, p. 29-40.
Van Kauwenbergh, S.J., 2006, Fertilizer raw material resources of Africa: Muscle Shoals, AL, USA, IFDC, 435 p.
Wilburn, D.R., Russell, J.A., and Bleiwas, D.I., 1995, Estimated use of explosives in the mining industries of Algeria, Iran, Iraq, and Libya: Report UCRL-CR-122186, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, variously paged.