Papua New Guinea Archives - State of the Planet

Drought in Papua New Guinea Heightens Tensions over Gold Mine

In the highlands of Papua New Guinea, tensions between local villagers and a gold mining operation over access to clean water are being heightened by a prolonged drought.

by |March 14, 2016

Uncovering Impacts of Gold Mining in Papua New Guinea

From late December 2015 through January, a team of Earth Institute scientists and human rights lawyers from Columbia University worked in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to deliver the results of an independent study of water quality and human rights to the indigenous communities living near an industrial gold mine.

by |February 5, 2016
D'Entrecasteaux Islands

The Downs and Ups of Mountain Building

In the islands off Papua New Guinea, the rocks are giving rise to new ideas about the ways mountain chains form. A new scientific model shows how two seemingly opposite processes can take place in the same region.

by |August 18, 2015
Map shows locations of seismometers deployed to study movements of the earth around eastern Papua New Guinea.

Where Continents Divide, and Rocks Rise from the Deep

Along the Woodlark Rift in eastern Papua New Guinea, continents are breaking apart, “like a snake opening its mouth.” Geologic processes that are still a mystery are actively stretching the crust and pushing huge masses of rock, formed under immense pressures as deep as 100 kilometers below, to the surface.

by |December 6, 2011