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PM02 - Miradouro da Vila do Porto Moniz

Fajã Lávica ©Turismo da Madeira

Geosite ID: PM02

Name: Miradouro da Vilado Porto Moniz

Thematic category: Vulcanology e Geomorphology

Geographical location on orthophotomap - PM02

Municipality: Porto Moniz

Civil parish: Porto Moniz

Location area: 10 -1000 ha

Coordinates(1)32°51'45.1"N 17°10'23.9"W

Altitude: 275 m

Accessibility: Easy

Distance to nearest paved road: 1 m

Conditions of observation: Good

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


Brief description

This geosite displays several aspects of high geomorphological and volcanological interest, namely a basaltic lava delta, which forms the Porto Moniz coastal platform (fajã), that resulted from a Hawaiian/Strombolian eruption, that is part of the Funchal Formation (Pleistocene and Holocene ≈ 1.8 - 0.007 Ma).
To the south-west of Porto Moniz, coming doun the old coastal cliff (paleo-cliff), one can observe the lava flows that gave rise to this delta. It is also possible to observe the Mole islet, a surtseyan cone partially destroyed by marine erosion, which resulted from a submarine eruption that followed the flows that formed the lava delta. Northwest of the fajã of Porto Moniz there is a crater of another surtseyan cone that is practically at sea level, that which is visible during the low tide as shoals.


Notas relevantes

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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