A New Interpretation of Geodynamic Context and Typology of Moroccan Anti-Atlas Silver Deposits

Wafik Amina, Ramdani Abderahmane, El Aouad Nouaman, El Ghazali Mohamed


The argentiferous deposits in the Anti-Atlasic chain in Morocco are encased in the meta-sedimentary, volcanic-sedimentary and volcanic terrains of the Neoproterozoic, structured and schistosed during the Pan-African orogenesis. These deposits are associated with terminal Neoproterozoic rhyolites and granitoids. The deposits of Zgounder, Imiter and Bou Madine have similarities; Structurally are controlled and associated with faults; The source of the mineralization is generally magmatic or crustal. Precipitation of the mineralization would result from the mixing of mineralized fluids with meteoric waters or brine pools. The silver deposits in the Anti-Atlas are characterized by a number of criteria, which confirm their orogenic character. These deposits are associated with orogenic accretion events in relation to Pan-African orogenesis during the Neoproterozoic. Mineralization is syn- to post-peak metamorphism, controlled and associated faults, with veins that can have significant vertical extensions. The pressure gradients, and temperature metamorphism, indicating an orogenic environment, with metamorphic facies greenschist in general. These deposits can all be linked to an argentiferous mega-event during the Upper Neoproterozoic and thus define an argentiferous metallogenic province.

Full Text:


European Scientific Journal (ESJ)


ISSN: 1857 - 7881 (Print)
ISSN: 1857 - 7431 (Online)


Contact: contact@eujournal.org

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the 'eujournal.org' domain to your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders.

Publisher: European Scientific Institute, ESI.
ESI cooperates with Universities and Academic Centres on 5 continents.