Kawah Ijen and the Indonesian lake of acid

Tuesday, 31 March, 2009

Some incredible photos of the often dangerous sulfur mining carried out at the Kawah Ijen Volcano in East Java, Indonesia, including a lake filled with water that has the same acidity as car battery solution.

Kawah Ijen is one of the most incredible and surreal places I’ve ever visited. It’s the site of a labor intensive sulfur mining operation where miners collect and carry huge loads of pure sulfur up from the crater floor along a steep, rocky path amid clouds of sulfur dioxide gas, all for the equivalent of about ten dollars a day.

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