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Pico Alto, Vila do Porto

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Pico Alto is the highest point, 586.64m, on the island of Santa Maria, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.HistoryThe initial formation of the Facho-Pico Alto Volcanic Complex was a phase of intense volcanism, resulting from submarine eruptions as early as 5 million years ago, resulting in the formation of Pico do Facho and extensive pillow lavas. Remnants of these pillow lavas can be identified 180m above sea level, helping to increase the size of the island to roughly its current dimensions.Following these eruptions, the land receded into the sea, resulting in a period of sub-aerial volcanism that resulted in the great relief in the complex, which is associated with lahars and erosional growth. The Pico Alto complex occurred continuously between 5 and 3 million years ago.On 5 December 2012, the Secretaria Regional dos Recursos Naturais, Azores Laurel and other plants. This followed a program of eliminating invasive plants species that began in 2011, under the Plano Regional de Controle de Flora Invasora em Áreas Sensíveis program.
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  • Tallest hill on Santa Maria rewarding us with a great view of the island. The day we went up the top was clear but interesting to see the clouds surround the island but clear beyond them. A viewpoint ...  more »
  • First a drive and then some steps up to the top.. well worth it..it is like looking at two different islands sandwiched together.. one side to the north green and very scenic the other side the south ...  more »
  • Nice ride or walk upt to the top. Pico Alto hosts some communication artefacts and radar from the Portuguese Ministry of Defense but the compound is not closed and you can even park the car there and ...  more »

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