Geosite ID: SV04
Name: Vale de São Vicente
Thematic category: Geomorfology, Mass movements and Sedimentology
Municipality: São Vicente
Civil parish: São Vicente
Location area: 10 -1000 ha
Coordinates(1):32°46'47.5'' N 17°01'45.2'' W
Altitude: 386 m
Distance to nearest paved road: 1 m
Conditions of observation: Good
(1) Coordinates of the geosite and / or the best viewpoint
The São Vicente valley is one of the most evolved valleys on Madeira Island, showing a complex genesis characterized by differential remontant erosion processes, mass movements, and by various episodes of sedimentary and volcanic filling.
On this geosite, located on the edge of Regional Road 101, in Lombo da Vargem, it is possible to observe, inside the hydrographic basin of the Ribeira de São Vicente, a set of landforms characterized by top flattened interfluves. These landscape elements correspond to relics of old sedimentary filling surfaces constructed by alluvial fan systems from torrential drainage channels that drained into the river basin. These Alluvial fans are constituted by deposits of associations of conglomerate / breccioid facies, of the debris-flow type.
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How to Cite
BRUM DA SILVEIRA, A.; PRADA, S.; RAMALHO, R.; MADEIRA, J.; FONSECA, P.; CANHA, E.; BRILHA, J. (2012). Inventariação do Património Geológico da Ilha da Madeira. Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e Recursos Naturais - Relatório Final, 414 p. In: https://geodiversidade.