Abstract

The western New Britain Trench is receiving abundant sediment from the west. Evidence for earthquake-triggered turbidity currents has been detected in the New Britain Trench through breaks in a submarine telephone cable in 1966 and 1968. The average velocity of the turbidity currents is 50 and 30 km/hr, respectively, assuming that the most likely single source of the turbidity currents is the Markham River delta at Lae, New Guinea. Bottom photographs and sediment samples support these conclusions. Deep-sea channels are present.

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