EAST JAVA, INDONESIA. This photo taken on October 5, 2011 shows an Indonesian miner extracting liquid sulfur before carrying them from the bottom of the crater of Indonesia's active Kawah Ijen volcano, in the east of Java island. Some 350 sulfur miners eke out a dangerous and exhausting living on the active volcano, carrying hauls of up to 80 kilos of sulfur which will be bought by local factories and used to refine sugar or make matches and medicines. The miners extract the liquid sulfur as it flows out of hot iron pipes. The sulfur is then loaded into wicker baskets at either end of bamboo yokes and carried back over the lip of the crater and down the side of the volcano, a treacherous journey of four kilometres (2.5 miles). (image by Tri Saputro)
EAST JAVA, INDONESIA. This photo taken on October 5, 2011 shows an Indonesian miner extracting liquid sulfur before carrying them from the bottom of the crater of Indonesia's active Kawah Ijen volcano, in the east of Java island. Some 350 sulfur miners eke out a dangerous and exhausting living on the active volcano, carrying hauls of up to 80 kilos of sulfur which will be bought by local factories and used to refine sugar or make matches and medicines. The miners extract the liquid sulfur as it flows out of hot iron pipes. The sulfur is then loaded into wicker baskets at either end of bamboo yokes and carried back over the lip of the crater and down the side of the volcano, a treacherous journey of four kilometres (2.5 miles).
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