Geosite ID: SV03
Thematic category: Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Sedimentology and Lithology
Municipality: São Vicente
Civil parish: São Vicente
Location area: 0,1 - 10 ha
Coordinates(1):32°47'51.7'' N 17°01'20.4'' W
Altitude: 455 m
Distance to nearest paved road: 100 m
Conditions of observation: Good
(1) Coordinates of the geosite and / or the best viewpoint
The Lameiros (Corgo do Barrinho) site is the only place on all of Madeira Island where fossiliferous marine sediments occur, at an altitude between 320 m and 475 m. These carbonated sediments from the Miocene (6-7 Ma) are correlated with a marine neritic and reef environment and were formed at shallows depth. This set of outcrops, due to its integrity and representativeness, should be used as a reference when characterising the Lameiros Formation that belongs to the Lower Volcanic Complex (CVI), defining its simple stratigraphy. The sedimentary deposits are crucial for the understanding of the initial stages of the development of the Madeiran island edifice.
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