Chott Djerid

potash-bearing brine in Tunisia

Geologic information

Location:8.6167, 33.7167
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Site typedeposit
Deposit typepotash-bearing brine
Evaporite basinDjerid
Basin typecontinental closed basin
Potassium minerals:
Other minerals:
Notes:Continental discharge playa depression; brine evaporation in area of regional artesian aquifer discharge; ephemeral carnallite crusts.
Geologic map unit8.6167, 33.7167
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Economic information

Estimates of reserves or resources
K2O tonnage19Million tonnes
Data sourceNotholt (1983)

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.
British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 1984, World survey of potash resources (4th ed.): London, British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 145 p.
Bryant, R.G., Drake, N.A., Millington, A.C., and Sellwood, B.W., 1994, The chemical evolution of the brines of Chott el Djerid, southern Tunisia, after an exceptional rainfall event in January 1990, in Renaut, R.W., and Last, W.M., eds., Sedimentology and geochemistry of modern and ancient saline lakes: Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Special Publication, p. 3-12.
Kbir-Ariguib, N., Ben Hassan Chehimi, D., and Zayani, L., 2001, Treatment of Tunisian salt lakes using solubility phase diagrams: Pure Applied Chemistry, v. 73, no. 5, p. 761-770.
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.
Warren, J., 1999, Evaporites; Their evolution and economics: Malden, Mass., Blackwell Science, 438 p.