Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is comprised of the most active volcanoes in the South West Pacific. These volcanoes stretch from the North coast of New Guinea (near the border of Indonesia) to Bougainville Island in the East. The most noted and active volcanoes are Manam, Karkar, Lamington, Langila, Ulawun, Rabaul, and Bagana.

For this entry, I have chosen to highlight Rabaul and Manam. Rabaul is one of the most active volcanoes in Papua New Guinea and also noted as one of the most dangerous. Rabaul has had major eruptions 3500 and 1400 years ago. The most famous eruption, however, was only 17 years ago in 1994. The 1994 eruption of Rabaul  destroyed Rabaul City, the largest town on New Britain Island. The most recent eruptions in 2008 and 2009 affected Matupit Island and forced most of the island’s inhabitants to relocate. Manam Volcano is located just off the Papua New Guinea coast. Manam is a stratavolcano composed of alternating layers of ash and sediment from previous eruptions. It is one of Papua New Guinea’s most active volcanoes and has been the cause of death for inhabitants in the years of 1996, 2004, and 2007. One noted burst of activity was the 2009 plume spotted from Manam that led to no eruption or severe damage.

Thanks for Reading!

Find the information here:

http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/PapuaNewGuinea/framework.html

http://geology.com/nasa/manam-volcano/

http://www.globaleducation.edna.edu.au/archives/secondary/casestud/png/4/volcanoes.html

http://www.geo.mtu.edu/volcanoes/rabaul/

http://www.solarviews.com/cap/volc/rabaul.htm

Brittane Maddox, February 21, 2011

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One Response to “Papua New Guinea”

  1. Alan Bates Says:

    Hi Brittane

    Thanks for introducing me to an area with which I am not familiar. You gave us plenty of links (which is definitely helpful – thanks).

    Just one thing. Any chance of a picture with the next post? “A picture is worth a tousand words” – especially if you want to attract and retain your “mark” so that they will read the 1000 words (sorry, supposed to be humourous – English humour ).

    Alan (mature – in age at least – student from the Open University, UK)

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