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PS01 - Sítio das Pedras

 Glacial / periglacial morphological structure © Brum da Silveira

Geosite ID: PS01

Name: Sítio das Pedras

Thematic category: Geomorphology and Sedimentology

Geographical location on orthophotomap - PS01

Municipality: Ponta do Sol

Civil parish: Ponta do Sol

Location area: 10 -1000 ha

Coordinates(1):32°44'30.8'' N 17°03'56.0'' W

Altitude: 1493 m

Accessibility: Moderate

Distance to nearest paved road: 840 m

Conditions of observation: Good

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


Brief description

In the Paul da Serra area, more specifically in the Sítio das Pedras, it is possible to observe landforms and deposits that result from the action of a plateau glacier. The observable landforms are: shallow U-shaped valleys; small glacial cirque type amphitheatres; closed depressions; “roches moutonées” (sheepback) and striated rocks.


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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