Living with hazards: Indonesian sulphur miners
Humans who work in hazardous landscapes have always used their resourcefulness to find natural minerals. The island of Java in Indonesia has 42 volcanoes. On the east of the island is Ijen volcano, one of the most poisonous places on Earth. In the centre of the crater is a lake filled with two and a half million tons of acid. And yet people risk their lives for the mineral Sulphur, which is vital in the production of rubber, chemicals and explosives. Hartomo and Sulaiman are sulphur miners. They work inside the crater of an active volcano. They are willing to take these risks because they can earn much more money for their families than if they worked in other local jobs.