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PM04 - Miradouro do Véu da Noiva

Véu da Noiva © Turismo da Madeira

Geosite ID: PM04

Name: Miradouro da Véu da Noiva

Thematic category: Water resources, geomorphology, mass movements 

Geographical location on orthophotomap - PM04

Municipality: Porto Moniz

Civil parish: Seixal

Location area: 0,1 -10 ha

Coordinates(1):32°48'58.1'' N 17°05'42.7'' W

Altitude: 115 m

Accessibility: Easy

Distance to nearest paved road: 10 m

Conditions of observation: Good

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


Brief description

Véu da Noiva is the suspended mouth of the Ribeira de João Delgado and results from the rapid retreat of the shoreline, in relation to the vertical erosion from fluvial incision processes.
In the absence of precipitation, permanent waterways such as the Ribeira de João Delgado are fed by groundwater that flow from numerous springs, particularly productive on the north slope of the island. This groundwater abundance is mainly due to the climate, the presence of vegetation and the geological constitution of Madeira Island.
Only a small fraction of the flow of this hydrographic basin is captured and transported by a levada (levada do norte) from the north to the south coast of the island. The remainder, which gives rise to Véu da Noiva, flows through the suspended mouth, falling into the sea.


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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