mixed stratabound potash-bearing salt and halokinetic potash-bearing salt in Morocco

Geologic information

Location:-6.0333, 33.7667
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Site typebasin
Deposit typemixed stratabound potash-bearing salt and halokinetic potash-bearing salt
Evaporite basinKhemisset
Basin typemarine rift basin
Geologic unitLower Salt Fm
Upper Triassic-Lower Jurassic
Minimum:Mesozoic-Jurassic-Lower Jurassic
Maximum:Mesozoic-Triassic-Upper Triassic
Potassium minerals:
Other minerals:
Notes:Connected to Boufkrane Basin in subsurface; potash exists in 3 ore bodies each dominated by a different mineral - sylvite, carnallite, rinneite; salt is 500-1400 m thick.
Geologic map unit-6.0333, 33.7667
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Economic information

Average grade9-10% K2O
Estimates of reserves or resources
Ore tonnage17 syl ore, 180 car oreMillion tonnes
K2O tonnage1.9, 17.1Million tonnes
Grade of K2O11, 9.5% of ore
Data sourceBarodi and others (1998)

Reference information


Arab Organisation for Mineral Resources, 1987, Mineral deposit map of the Arab world; Explanatory notes and maps: Rabat, Morocco, Arab Organisation for Mineral Resources, 430 p.
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British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 1984, World survey of potash resources (4th ed.): London, British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 145 p.
Economic Commission for Africa, 1982, Prospects for intra-African trade in raw materials for basic industries (phase IV): United Nations Economic and Social Council Report ST/ECA/AT/1, 45 p.
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