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M02 - Foz da Ribeira do Natal

Foz da Ribeira do Natal ©Turismo da Madeira

Geosite ID: M02

Name: Foz da Ribeira do Natal

Thematic category: Volcanology, Lithology and Sedimentology

Geographical location on orthophotomap - M02

Municipality: Machico

Civil parish: Caniçal

Location area: 10 -1000 ha

Coordinates(1):32°44'08.0'' N 16°44'40.3'' W

Altitude: 4 m

Accessibility: Easy

Distance to nearest paved road: 20 m

Conditions of observation: Good

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


Brief description

This geosite is the best place to observe the coarse sedimentary deposits of conglomerate and breccioid facies from to the Funchal Formation, Upper Volcanic Complex (CVS). Along the section that fallous the seafront promenade, it is possible to observe the following sequence from bottom to top: i) breccioid sedimentary deposits from eroding slopes; (ii) lahar-type sedimentary deposits composed by anociations of conglomeratic and breccioid facies that resulted from sedimentary debris flow, from flash – flooding events; (iii) weathered pyroclastic deposits of yellowish colour that transition to flow "block-and-ash" deposits of reddish colour; (iv) ’a’a-type lava flows; (v) conglomeratic and breccioid deposits from mud-flaws.

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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