Processes, sediments, and stratigraphy of the Fly River Delta

Walsh, John P., and Ridd, Peter V. (2009) Processes, sediments, and stratigraphy of the Fly River Delta. In: Bolton, B.R., (ed.) The Fly River, Papua New Guinea: environmental studies in an impacted tropical river system. Developments in Earth & Environmental Sciences 9 . Elsevier, Burlington, MA, USA, pp. 153-176.

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Voluminous rainfall and rugged, tectonically active mountains are two primary ingredients that make Indo-Pacific islands incredible suppliers of sediment to the ocean. It is estimated that six islands alone (Papua New Guinea (PNG), Sulawesi, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Timor) supply 20–25% of the total annual sediment load transported to the ocean globally (Milliman et al., 1999). Many rivers draining these islands discharge onto broad, low-gradient continental shelves characterized by large tidal ranges, and these are locations for tide-dominated deltas. The Fly River of PNG is one example.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
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Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2010 04:15
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960604 Environmental Management Systems @ 100%
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