One of the major river systems of our country, the Purari River, finds its outlet to the sea in the Gulf of Papua on the southern coast of Papua New Guinea. All highlands provinces contribute to this mighty river: the Erave of the Southern Highlands Province joins with the Kaugel and Wahgi Rivers (Western High- lands), the Tua River (Simbu), and Asaro and Aure Rivers of the Eastern High- lands Province to make the Purari the third largest river in P. N. G. Unlike its rivals, the Fly and the Sepik, the distance between its escape from the mountains and its entrance to the sea is short. After winding its way mostly through deep gorges flanked by high mountains, the river leaves the foothills of the southern slopes of the central cordillera barely eighty kilometers from the sea. The energy potential of such a river is enormous. Could the waters be utilised in any way to the advantage of the nation? Twelve years ago the Electricity Com- mission of Papua New Guinea proposed an answer to this question: the building of a dam across the river in the Wabo area of the Gulf Province. The generation of vast quantities of hydro-electric power could be fed into a national distribu- tion grid and heavy industries could be established in the Gulf Province and other suitable localities to benefit from this power.
Number of pages: 622
Weight: 973 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 32 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 198
`...the book provides a remarkably fine coverage of the various facets of the environment that would affect, of be affected by, the construction of a man-made lake on the river, with all its attendant modifications to the river and its environs and to the lives of the people in the area. ...the book on the Purari River and its environs is of interest to any who wish to learn more about the environment of the region and of the factors that should be assessed in the development of tropical river systems.'
Aquatic Botany, 27 (1987)