The Deceptive Beauty of Indonesia’s Deadly Acid Volcano

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Image: Bertrand Claude

The miners carry their loads of sulfur in two baskets suspended over their shoulders by a pole. Since they are paid by the kilogram, there is a big incentive to carry as much as possible. Their loads can weigh anything from 75 kilograms (170 lb) to 90 kg (200 lb).

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Image: Bertrand Claude

Once they have filled and positioned their baskets, the miners must make their way up out of the caldera. This is no easy task, as the trip covers a distance of 300 meters (984 ft) up a 45 to 60 degree slope, all while balancing an incredibly heavy load.

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