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World at Work: Under the Volcano

By Jane Hwang - 2013-10-02T12:31:08Z

Photograph by Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

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Toxic gases envelop a miner as he loads up his wicker baskets with sulfur stones collected from the volcano.

A 2012 "Lonely Planet: Indonesia" article mentioned crater tourism for the area: "Ways to modernize the industry have been suggested, but the miners protested out of fear of losing their precarious income. Today that meager income has been slightly bolstered in the most unlikely of ways. Domestic and foreign tourists have started to travel to Ijen to admire the beauty of the surrounding fertile hills and, most importantly, to witness first-hand the life of the Ijen sulfur miners."