Geosite ID: M03
Name: Miradouro do Pico do Facho
Thematic category: Volcanology and Stratigraphy
Civil parish: Machico
Location area: 0,1 -100 ha
Coordinates(1):32°43'26.2'' N 16°45'31.6'' W
Altitude: 280 m
Distance to nearest paved road: 1 m
Conditions of observation: good
(1) Coordinates of the geosite and / or the best viewpoint
The Miradouro do Pico do Facho geosite presents high geological and geomorphological diversity. From this belveder it is possible to understand the relation between Madeira Island’s relief and the volcanic structure that composes it. In fact, looking towards the airport area, one observes towards a continuous and smooth sloped hillside; It is a structural slope that corresponds to the top surface of a pile of lava flows (volcanic construction surface) of the Upper Volcanic Complex (CVS). To the W and NW there is a panoramic view of the Machico valley, with a U-shaped cross-section and asymmetrical slopes. In the downstream sector, the flat bottom of the valley stands out, resulting from the Ribeira de Machico alluvial filling. In an upstream section, we can see the relief created by the Maroços lava flow from Santo da Serra, which ran into the Machico valley. To the SE you can see the Desertas Islands.
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