Lake Murray (Papua New Guinea)
|Primary inflows||June, Boi, Bwe, Kaim, Mamboi Rivers|
|Primary outflows||Herbert River → Strickland River → Fly River → Gulf of Papua|
|Basin countries||Papua New Guinea|
|Max. length||63 km (39 mi)|
|Max. width||18 km (11 mi)|
|Surface area||647 km2 (250 sq mi)|
|Max. depth||10 m (33 ft)|
|Shore length1||2,038 km (1,266 mi)|
|Surface elevation||59 m (194 ft)|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
Lake Murray is the largest lake in Papua New Guinea. It is located in the Middle Fly District, Western Province at , which covers approximately 647 km² and in the wet season increases to five times the size. It has a highly convoluted shoreline more than 2000 km long. The lake has been a source of nourishment for many of the local peoples. Freshwater sawfish have been caught in its shallow waters to feed the crocodiles in a farming operation.
Indigenous tribes of around 5000 people own the lake and the surrounding one million hectares of forest.
Also, a cryptid known as "Murray" purportedly lives, or used to live, in the lake. This creature was described as resembling a theropod dinosaur such as Tyrannosaurus.. Along with the "Murray", Lake Murray is known for a large population of Peacock Bass that were introduced by Indian merchants.
Greenpeace Global Forest Rescue Station (GFRS)
Lake Murray was the site of a Greenpeace Australia Pacific Global Forest Rescue Station. Forty volunteers from 25 countries worked with the local Kuni, Begwa and Pari tribes to identify and mark land ownership. The boundary marking was the precursor to a community based eco-forestry project. Ecotimber has since been harvested, shipped to Australia and sold with the benefit of Forestry Stewardship Council certification.
- CSIRO PUBLISHING - Marine & Freshwater Research
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- "Global Forest Rescue Station | Greenpeace International". Greenpeace.org. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
- "Ecoforestry: Taking back the forest". Greenpeace Australia Pacific. c. 2006. Archived from the original on September 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
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