Kawah Ijen volcano, Java, Indonesia

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(text and pictures by Peter van Luijk)

Peter van Luijk visited this locality with Stap Inn Travel two times in 2006. Bert de Ruiter tipped us on his trips and a few weeks later you can watch this adventure here... Thanks to Peter and Bert!

The active Kawah Ijen volcano is still fuming Sulphur rich fumes. Those fumes deposit immediately around the fumaroles, whereafter local miners mine it. Each worker carries 80-100 kilogram of Sulphur 13 km to a small factory where they are paid for the weight of Sulphur. Working conditions of course are not what we are used to see in our so called 'civilized world'. Our hearts go out to those mines, who's average life expectancy is 30-35...

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Also see: rumahkita.info (scroll down), ourreallybigadventure.com, wikipedia.org,

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