The Duk Duk society, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, 1920
The Duk Duk society, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, 1920. Young men being initiated before they can marry. The Duk Duk is a secret society of the Tolai people of the Rabaul area of New Britain, the largest island of the Bismarck archipelago. The society has religious, political and social objectives and traditionally enforced law and order among the Tolai. Its members wear short bushy capes made from leaves and cone-shaped masks. A print from Customs of the World, Hutchinson and Company, 1920
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Rabaul volcano on the island of Papua New Guinea
Continuing a pattern of intermittent activity that lasted several days, the Rabaul Volcano on Papua New Guineaas island of New Britain released a plume on March 18, 2008.
This image shows the plume from Rabaul blowing northwest over the Bismarck Sea, gradually dissipating as it moves. Although light in color, the plume is not pure white; volcanic ash likely mingles with water vapor in the volcanoas emissions. Much brighter than the plume, opaque white clouds hover over the lush green islands of New Britain and neighboring New Ireland. Volcanic ash may have mixed with the clouds west of New Britain.
Rabaul Volcano sits on the end of the Gazelle Peninsula on the northeast end of New Britain. It is a pyroclastic shield volcano, meaning it is formed by ash, pumice, rock fragments, and other leftovers from earlier eruptions, and its flat shape resembles an ancient warrior shield. Only 688 meters (2, 257 feet) tall, Rabaul has a low profile, and the caldera had formed a natural harbor for what once was New Britainas biggest city
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Hawksbill turtle swimming with diver, Papua New Guinea
Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming with diver, Lama Shoals, Witu Islands, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea
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