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SV03 - Lameiros

Marine Fossil © Brum da Silveira

Geosite ID: SV03

Name: Lameiros

Thematic category: Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Sedimentology and Lithology

Geographical location on orthophotomap - SV03

Municipality: São Vicente

Civil parish: São Vicente

Location area: 0,1 - 10 ha

Coordinates(1):32°47'51.7'' N 17°01'20.4'' W

Altitude: 455 m

Accessibility: Easy

Distance to nearest paved road: 100 m

Conditions of observation: Good

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


Brief description

The Lameiros (Corgo do Barrinho) site is the only place on all of Madeira Island where fossiliferous marine sediments occur, at an altitude between 320 m and 475 m. These carbonated sediments from the Miocene (6-7 Ma) are correlated with a marine neritic and reef environment and were formed at shallows depth. This set of outcrops, due to its integrity and representativeness, should be used as a reference when characterising the Lameiros Formation that belongs to the Lower Volcanic Complex (CVI), defining its simple stratigraphy. The sedimentary deposits are crucial for the understanding of the initial stages of the development of the Madeiran island edifice.


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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