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S02 - Miradouro da Beira da Quinta

Miradouro das Cabanas © Celso Figueira

Geosite ID: S02

Name: Miradouro da Beira da Quinta

Thematic category: Mass movements and Geomorfology

Geographical location on orthophotomap - S02

Municipality: Santana

Civil parish: Arco de S. Jorge

Location area: ‹ 0,1 ha

Coordinates(1):32°49'35.9'' N 16°56'20.4'' W

Altitude: 469 m

Accessibility: Easy

Distance to nearest paved road: 5 m

Conditions of observation: Good

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


Brief description

From the Miradouro das Cabanas, in addition to the high sea cliffs (up to about 500 m), we can observe the triangular depression of Arco de S. Jorge [St. George’s Arch], which was formed by sliding-type mass movements, and more recent solifluction events. The steep slope that corresponds to the slipping head reaches, locally, 800 m in altitude. Within the depression, several levels can be observed that correlate with the top of the dislocated materials from the various events that contributed to the current depression.


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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