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Steffen Jahn, Rainer Bode, Peter Lyckberg, Olaf Medenbach, Hans-Jürgen Lierl u.a.

Marokko - Land der schönen Mineralien und Fossilien

Großformat 22x30 cm, 528 Seiten
rund 700 Farbfotos, zahlreiche SW-Abbildungen

ISBN 3-9255094-79-2

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Marokko - ein atemberaubendes, äußerst reizvolles Land. Nicht nur was die Landschaft  betrifft, sondern auch die Mineralien und Fossilien.  2000: das Jahr des Super-Fundes in Mibladen der besten Vanadinite der Welt. Viele Jahre  vorher: Die Super-Cerussite von Touissit, Wahnsinns-Vanadinite von Taouz, Anglesite, wie die Welt sie noch nicht gesehen hat.  Dann Bou Azzer, die Fundstelle für die schönsten  Erythrine, Roselithe und viele seltene Mineralien. Unglaubliche Fluorit-Stufen von El Hammam.  Vor allem das mysteriöse Gourrama, die Fundstelle  für exzellente Bergkristall-Stufen und  schöne Japaner Zwillinge. Wo kamen sie nur her? Kaum jemand wußte etwas.

Geheimnis Marokko?! Bis heute. Das Autorenteam  des neuen Buches war fast 10.000 Kilometer in  Marokko unterwegs; in der Sahara, im eiskalten  Hohen Atlas in rund 3.000 Meter Höhe.  Das Geheimnis Mineralien und Fundstellen  in Marokko konnte jetzt gelüftet werden.  Präsentiert wird mit diesem Buch erstmalig  eine Übersicht über Fundstellen und Mineralien.  Dazu Bilder von Stufen aus den Top-Sammlungen  in ganz Europa, Marokko und den USA.

Dieses Buch sollte keinem Sammler in seiner Bibliothek fehlen. Bestellen Sie es deshalb gleich heute, damit Sie nicht zu spät kommen. Die Auflage beträgt nur 2.000 Exemplare.

Aus dem Inhalt:

Die bunten Kupfermineralien von Aouli
Top-Fluoritstufen von El Hammam
Tachgagalt - Typlokalität für 6 Mineralien
• Die Quarzdrusen von Sidi Rahal
• Was ist eigentlich Imilchil?
• Mibladen - Weltfundstelle für Vanadinit!
• Azurit und Malachit von Kerrouchen
• Bou Skour - die Mineralienfunde
• Silber und Silbermineralien von Imiter
• Bizzare Hämatite von Nador
• Fundstellen bei Asny
• Das Bergkristall-Geheimnis von Gourrama
• Touissit - das Tsumeb Marokkos
• Die schönsten Achate aus dem Hohen Atlas
• Bou Azzer - die besten Erythrine
• Die Super-Cerussite von Taouz
• Midelt - Zentrum der Mineralienhändler
• Den größten Trilobiten auf der Spur ...
• Bou Beker - nicht nur schöne Azurite!
• Ghar el Anz: Chalkostibite vom Feinsten
• Die Quarze aus der Sahara
• Das Gold von Tata
• Die Pracht-Achate von Ouarzazate
• Meteoriten in Marokko
• Benji Tajjite - Bergbau wie im Mittelalter
• Auf Fossiliensuche in Marokko

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Review in English

Finally! Minerals and fossils from Morocco have dominated the market since the 1970ies, but we never had accessible literature and had to live with disparate locality designations for identical material.  The new 'Marokko, Land der schönen Mineralien und Fossilien' from Bode Verlag remedies that by its thorough description of well-known and practically unknown localities.  It is a worthwhile book for mineral and fossils collectors as well as for travel aficionados.

You immediately note the good and entertaining travel notes; the first 22 pages are general travel information, and under descriptions of individual localities, the authors tell us how to get to the deposits, where you have to use 4WD vehicles, donkeys or just walk.  The book can not replace a guide book, but the references to hotels and other practicalities will help plan your own trip and certainly entertain arm-chair travelers with all the local colour. Obviously, not all locality descriptions are equally detailed and the authors effectively encourage the reader to go look for new and interesting specimens - the four pages on pegmatites in Tazenakht can only be seen as cursory and there is an implicit neon-sign flashing above, "Rare minerals to be found! Come and get me!"  The two pages of "other localities" at the back make my pick hammer itch!

The majority of the book, 394 pages, describes 34 mineral localities in alphabetical order, covering the well-known like Mibladén and Touissit and lesser known as Melh (remarkable Prehnite) and Oumjerane (superb Azurite).  The format is mostly standard-style of mineral journals with introduction, history of deposit, geology, mineral descriptions and literature, where notably the literature sets this book apart from others. References on Morocco are hard to come by, most being published in Morocco and only available in few libraries. Locality descriptions are accompanied by geological maps, historic and modern photos from the deposit and obviously colour photos of specimens.  Fortunately the authors chose to also illustrate less conspicuous minerals like Vladimirite and Manganomelane, not just the spectacular Azurite, Cerussite, and Vanadinite specimens.

The locality chapters are followed by thematic chapters on Agate, meteorites, falsified and treated specimens, and fossils. Most of the 32 pages on Moroccan Agate are colour plates of superb geodes with fantastic patterns and inclusions.  My mind keeps arguing against my eyes - "that's not possible," "it doesn't exist" and so on. Truly, Morocco has superb Agates, very different from those of other countries and they come from a number of deposits. This is good enough for a specialised collection, though sadly overlooked by Moroccan dealers attending shows in Europe and USA.

The 60 pages on palaeontology emphasize geology and stratigraphy and chiefly illustrates trilobites. Moroccan trilobites, goniatites, orthoceratites have dominated the market for inexpensive fossils for years and it is delightful to be able to read a thorough text on the subject.  The chapter is styled differently from the mineral chapters with the emphasis on chronology and tells remarkably little about the individual fossils.  There is no description of individual species, which would obviously have required an even larger book on its own, and the depicted fossils are more general illustrations than a core part of the story. I would have preferred to know a bit more about a bit less, but that is an editorial choice.  The most important point is, that there is so much more in Morocco, that we never see in the market.

The section on preparation and falsified fossils is thought provoking. Thought provoking not because repaired and falsified fossils are new and unheard of, but because of the social context.  It is often claimed that Moroccan fossils are 'invariably glued or forged.' That is not true, but collectors at every financial tier always chase better specimens, preferably at an even lower price ... and Morocco suppliers inexpensive craftsmanship! This is also worthwhile reading for mineral collectors, as it reveals the conditions for producing mineral and fossil specimens in poor countries.

I only have two substantial criticisms against the book. It lacks a proper index; there is a mineral index, but none of fossils or localities, making it very difficult to find information - where do you read about Bou Offroh?  Under the Bou Azzer heading, but I had to turn many pages to find it.  Most locality chapters have good descriptions how to get there - 'turn right on the second dirt road after the sign towards ...' - but I would really much rather have had a fair topographic map of the immediate vicinity of each locality, than the large-scale map showing the position of the locality relative to Rabat and Marrakech. It is near trivial, I know, but that is what I really missed.

The book is very well written and entertaining, and it has a much wider audience than the title suggests. I strongly recommend it, whether you collect minerals, fossils or just fancy a good story.  There is far more background information, than normally provided in books of this kind and it was obviously written by authors with deep insight and love of the subject.  This is an obvious idea for a Christmas gift and it will be a wonderful addition to any club library.

Steffen Jahn, Rainer Bode, Peter Lyckberg, Olaf Medenbach & Hans-Jürgen Lierl. 2003. Marokko, Land der schönen Mineralien und Fossilien. 535 pp., richly illustrated with over 700 colour photos, glossy paper, hard cover, dust jacket in colour.  

Dr. Claus Hedegaard, Arhus/DK
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