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It has been more than 64 years since Mount Ijen last erupted, but the volcano is still very much alive.

The Ijen Crater is home to one of the largest sulphur mines in the world and attracts men from the surrounding areas who undertake the physically demanding trek, often twice a day, to retrieve the solid blocks of sulphur.

All for as little as $12 a day.

Inside the crater of the the Ijen volcano in East Java, Indonesia, miners hammer out a living in the noxious sulphur fumes which expose them to a high risk of respiratory diseases. It’s one of the most toxic places on the planet but 24-hours-a-day, men can be found scurrying into depths of the smoky, poisonous crater in order to collect the volcano’s useful yellow contents. Wearing headlights, they begin work shortly after midnight with a long hike up the volcano on a rugged terrain to the collection point with their baskets, which usually hold over 70kg of sulphur. The sulphur they produce is used to make a huge range of products from concrete and asphalt to matches and the bleaching of white sugar.

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