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SV04 - Vale de São Vicente

Leques aluviais © Brum da Silveira

Geosite ID: SV04

Name: Vale de São Vicente

Thematic category: Geomorfology, Mass movements and Sedimentology

Geographical location on orthophotomap - SV04

Municipality: São Vicente

Civil parish: São Vicente

Location area: 10 -1000 ha

Coordinates(1):32°46'47.5'' N 17°01'45.2'' W

Altitude: 386 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

The São Vicente valley is one of the most evolved valleys on Madeira Island, showing a complex genesis characterized by differential remontant erosion processes, mass movements, and by various episodes of sedimentary and volcanic filling.
On this geosite, located on the edge of Regional Road 101, in Lombo da Vargem, it is possible to observe, inside the hydrographic basin of the Ribeira de São Vicente, a set of landforms characterized by top flattened interfluves. These landscape elements correspond to relics of old sedimentary filling surfaces constructed by alluvial fan systems from torrential drainage channels that drained into the river basin. These Alluvial fans are constituted by deposits of associations of conglomerate / breccioid facies, of the debris-flow type.


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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