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The Ijen volcano, East Java,Indonesia.Ijen volcano has a one-kilometer-wide, the world's largest highly acidic lake.The lake is the site of intensive sulfur mining operation, in which sulfur-laden baskets are carried by hand from the crater floor.The sulfur is transported entirely on foot. Men carry individual loads of up to more than hundred kilos, sometime barefoot, mostly gumbooted or in flip-flops up to the rim of crater and then a few kilometres down the mountainside.They start very early morning and pass this trip twice a day. Mountain ridges are often shrouded in a smelling swirling sulfur clouds. When such cloud crossed our path, we pretty suffocated, the tears run down our faces and long time we cough out sulphur acid phlegm.
We never saw such terrific work and, willy-nilly, famous film Papillon came back to our mind…

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Additional Photos by Jiri Vondracek (jiridracek) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 255] (2038)
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