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Pain, C.F., Pigram, C.J., Blong, R.J. & Arnold, G.O., 1987. Cainozoic geology and geomorphology of the Wahgi Valley, central highlands of Papua New Guinea. BMR Journal of Australian Geology and Geophysics  10:3:267-275. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics, Canberra.

Abstract

The Wahgi Valley is a structural depression, between the Bismarck Fault Zone to the north and the Kubor Anticline to the south, which has been enlarged by erosional removal of northward-dipping sedimentary rocks on the northern flank of the Kubor Anticline. The geomorphic history of the area began when it became land about 35 Ma ago. The Wahgi Valley contains volcanic debris avalanche and lahar deposits in the west and fluviatile/ lacustrine deposits elsewhere. The latter are dominated by undissected swamp and lake deposits in the west, and dissected fan and terrace deposits in the east. There is clear evidence of knick point retreat up the Wahgi River from the east, causing the fans to trench progressively from the east. Earlier interpretations of the evolution of the Wahgi Valley stressed drainage reorganisation, with reversal of a westerly flowing Wahgi River caused by damming by volcanics in the west, and capture in the east. Evidence from sediments, tephra, and landforms now suggests that reversal was probably restricted to the westernmost drainage, and any reversal of drainage occurred earlier than previously thought, perhaps 400 000 years ago.
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