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  Marrakesh, Morocco, 5-10 October 2015



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Field trip


A post conference field trip offers participants to visit fossil locaties near Zagora where the Fezouata exceptional biota is currently being studied by international scientists. An excursion guidebook will be given to all participants.




Day 1 (J1): Marrakesh-Zagora via Tizi n’Tichka-Agdz : Geotraverse of Central High Atlas and Anti-Atlas


Stop J1.1: Panorama (High Atlas) at Tichka Pass

Stop J1.2: Late Neoproterozoic stromatolites at Aït Saoune (Central Anti-Atlas)

Stop J1.3: Panorama (Jbel Kissane and Anti-Atlas), north of Agdz

Stop J1.4: Sunset on Draa Valley


Night in Zagora


Day 2 (J2): Zagora-Ouarzazate: The Fezouata Biota and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE)


Stop J2.1: Panoramic view

Stop J2.2: Bou-Izargane: locality in the Lower Ordovician Fezoauta Shale currently exploited for 

                exceptionally well-preserved fossils (FezouAta Lagezrstätte-Tremadocian )

Stop J2.3: Ternata Plain: from the Tabanit Group to the top of the Fezouata Shale.

Stop J2.4: Zagora Rock – Art engravings.


Night in Ouarzazate


Day 3 (J3): Ouarzazate-Marrakesh via Aït Ben Haddou: The Ouarzazate Cultural Heritage


Stop J3.1: Taourirt Kasbah

Stop J3.2: Ouarzazate Studio-Museum

Stop J3.3: Lunch at Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou: UNESCO World heritage


Marrakesh end of the field trip