|Location:||50km north of Zouerate.|
|Open:||All year daily.|
|Fee:||Only complete trips which include mine.|
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|Last update:||$Date: 2015/08/30 21:57:03 $|
|1952||iron ores discovered near Kedia d'Idjil.|
|1958||concessions on iron extraction are given to Miferma, Société des mines de fer de Mauritanie, which is almost entirely owned by European interests.|
|1960||extraction of iron starts.|
|1974||Miferma is nationalized by the Mauritanian state.|
|1981||more iron ore discovered at Guelb, 35 km north of Zouerate.|
|1990||more iron ore discovered at Mhadaouat, 65 km from Zouerate.|
Zouerate is a mining town in the Sahara desert. In two nearby mines, Guelbs/Kedia, 30km from Zouerate, and MHaoudat, 55km northeast of Zouerate, iron ore is mined in enormous amounts. The mines are open cast mines, the ores are hematite with about 60% iron and megnetite with about 40% iron. 15 million tons of iron ore per year are mined and transported by the longest mine trains of the world 700km through the desert to the coast.
Mauritania is a country which is not very well developed for tourism. The mines are operating mines, and the visit of the mines is a sort of public relations enterprise. The trips to the mine and the mine visits are organized by local tour organizers. It seems there is no possibility to visit them individually.
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