Strickland River

NASA Blue Marble image of the Strickland River, looking South West from its source in Enga Province towards its confluence with the Fly River
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Western Province
 - location Central Range, Papua New Guinea
 - location Fly, Papua New Guinea
 - coordinates PG 7°35′S 141°23′E / 7.583°S 141.383°E / -7.583; 141.383Coordinates: PG 7°35′S 141°23′E / 7.583°S 141.383°E / -7.583; 141.383
Location of the Strickland

The Strickland River is a river in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea, and is the largest tributary of the Fly River. It was named after Edward Strickland, vice-president of the Geographical Society of Australasia in the 19th century.[1]

Environmental concerns

The Porgera Gold Mine, run by Barrick Gold, is a mine near the Strickland, which is the source of environmental concerns in the area. Since 1992, Barrick Gold has dumped mine waste, particularly metal particulates or tailings, directly into the river. This process of riverine disposal by the mine has led to much controversy, with numerous deaths and environmental problems being blamed on the metal particulates.


  1. Walsh, G. P. "Strickland, Sir Edward (1821–1889)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 22 September 2013.

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