IJen crater miner
A mineworker is climbing out the IJen crater carrying sulfur blocks.
At 30 kilometers from the city of Banyuwangi, located in the old regency Banyuwangi on East Java lies the Ijen volcanic complex. The complex consists of the volcano Gundung Merapi (mountain of fire), the volcano IJen and a crater with a turquoise blue lake of sulfur and metals.
The active Ijen volcano pushes up hot gases. Sulfur is released along the edges of the Ijen crater. The sulfur is a widely used element in the chemical industry and is extracted from the Ijen crater by local miners. With large baskets on the back, yellow sulfur blocks are carried up from the crater, sometimes up to 70 kg. The work is carried out at night until early in the morning, even before sunrise when the temperature is still tolerant. Most miners come from places not far from the volcanic complex. The work is hard and heavy; during the heavy climb from the crater, the miners have to deal with poisonous sulfur vapors.
The mine is owned by a Chinese mining company.
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