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Amazing Images: Kawah Ijen (green crater) Volcano

Posted by feww on July 21, 2008

Kawah Ijen (green crater) Volcano in Eastern Java, Indonesia

Sulfur deposits at Kawah Ijen (green crater) Volcano in Eastern Java, Indonesia. Volcanic gases from the fumaroles in this crater not only deposit the sulfur but make the lake extremely acid — both sulfuric and hydrochloric. Photo copyright R.W. Decker. (Caption: University of Hawai‘i at Hilo). See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

Miners risk health [and life] to collect sulfur from the volcanic Kawah Ijen at Indonesia’s East Java province earning about $7 a day in a rural area where farm laborers make less than $2 a day. Photo taken June 25, 2008. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungk. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

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3 Responses to “Amazing Images: Kawah Ijen (green crater) Volcano”

  1. msrb said

    If the East Java farm laborers saved everything they earned, they could get as rich as Warren Buffet in just under 105 million years [assuming the dollar value stays about the same, and Warren Buffet didn’t get any richer!] 🙂

  2. feww said

    The 200 or so miners a day who make a living from selling the sulfur deposits are the “top-earners.” Millions of farm laborers who live in abject poverty, however, earn only 15,000 rupiah ($1.62) a day.

  3. What a brilliant natural spectacle, but within that beauty, there is a darker side. $7 to collect sulphur!

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