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M01PSL06 - Nossa Senhora da Piedade

Nossa senhora da Piedade © Brum da Silveira

Geosite ID: M01PSL06

Name: Nossa Senhora da Piedade

Thematic category: Volcanology

Geographical location on orthophotomap  - M01PSL06

Municipality: Machico

Civil parish: Caniçal

Location area: 10-1000 ha

Coordinates(1):32°44'32.1'' N 16°42'44.4'' W

Altitude: 109 m

Accessibility: Easy

Distance to nearest paved road: 80 m

Conditions of observation: Good

(1) Coordinates of the geosite and / or the best viewpoint


Brief description

The Senhora da Piedade Pyroclastic Cone, also popularly known as Monte Gordo, corresponds to a monogenetic volcano that resulted from Hawaiian-Strombolian-type eruptive activity, in subaerial environment, representative of the Funchal Formation - Upper Volcanic Complex (Pleistocene and Holocene ≈ 1.8 - 0.007 Ma).

At this site, marine erosion exposed the internal structure of the basaltic scoria cone and its main volcanic conduct (dyke) in which the magma was laterally fed. In addition to the explosive volcanic products (falling pyroclasts), there are also effusive products (lava flows), as well as numerous volcanological aspects that allow for the interpretation of this small volcano’s various building stages.


Relevant notes

Visiting a site of geological interest is the sole responsibility of the user.
The user must take precautions when visiting the site, taking into account the conditions of the terrain, weather conditions and other hazards, so that they do not create situations that put themselves or others at risk.
The user must respect private property. Access to private areas requires prior authorization from the owners.
The user must respect natural heritage, keeping it intact. The impact of your actions should be minimal.

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:


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