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Fly River Crossing Papua New Guinea

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December 29th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Indonesia and Papua New Guinea - December 26th, 2011

Visible as a tan line crossing Papua New Guinea from the center to the center-bottom of this image is the Fly River. At 1,050 kilometres (650 mi) in length, it is the second longest river in the country. The Fly is the largest river in Oceania, the largest in the world without a single dam in its catchment, and overall ranks as the twenty-fifth largest river in the world by volume of discharge.

The Fly River rises in the Victor Emanuel Range arm of the Star Mountains, and crosses the south-western lowlands before flowing into the Gulf of Papua in a large delta. The river flows mostly through the Western Province, though for a small stretch it forms the boundary between Papua New Guinea and the Indonesia province of Papua.

Fly River Delta, Papua New Guinea

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May 27th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Fly River Delta, Papua New Guinea - May 12th, 2009

Fly River Delta, Papua New Guinea - May 12th, 2009

The Fly, at 1,050 kilometres (650 mi), is the second longest river, in Papua New Guinea. It rises in the Star Mountains, and crosses the south-western lowlands before flowing into the Gulf of Papua in a large delta. Here, golden tan sediments pour from the river into the gulf.

The estuary of the Fly River is 56 km wide at its entrance, but only 11 km wide abreast Kiwai Island, which may be considered as being the river mouth. Above this island the river gradually contracts to a width of 1.6 kilometers or less.

The river delta is studded with low and swampy islands covered with mangrove and nipa palm.  The land on both sides of the estuary is of the same character.

The islands in the estuary, on which there are villages and cultivated areas, are flat and  covered with a thick, fertile alluvial soil.

The largest islands are Kiwai, Wabuda, Domori, Purutu, Aibino and Mibu, although only the former three are inhabited.