On Indonesia's Bangka Island, everything is mined. Here, a woman looks for tin in tailings left by the dredges.

Kemal Jufri

On Indonesia's Bangka Island, everything is mined. Here, a woman looks for tin in tailings left by the dredges.

Kemal Jufri

Tin Mining on Bangka Island

On Indonesia's Bangka Island, everything is mined. Here, a woman looks for tin in tailings left by the dredges.

Kemal Jufri

Recently refined tin at Johan Murod’s smelter.

Photograph by Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

On Bangka Island, the shoreline is overrun with homemade dredges that suck ore from the seabed.

Photograph by Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Miners separate sand from tin ore.

Photograph by Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Miners use traditional methods to mine for tin ore in the Sungai Liat area.

Photograph by Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Tin ore sits in the Sungai Liat area of Bangka.

Photograph by Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Workers rubble tin at the PT Timah tin plant in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Island, Indonesia.

Photograph by Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Smoke billows from the smelter at the Timah plant.

Photograph by Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Workers cast tin ingots at the Timah plant.

Photograph by Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

A worker stamps tin ingots at the Timah plant.

Photograph by Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Stacked tin ingots are wrapped for shipping in the warehouse of the plant.

Photograph by Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg