Indonesia 2011

Volcano: Kawah Ijen

August 2011

 R. Roscoe, M.Rietze, M.Szeglat, Th. Boeckel

in deutsch

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Vulkan Batu Tara und Anak Krakatau im August 2011, Boeckel Vulkan Batu Tara und Anak Krakatau im August 2011, Boeckel


Die Sulfur mine of Kawah Ijen

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Rice fields and the landscape of Kawah Ijen crater       

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Day and night images of the crater and its acid sea, left down you can discover the sulfur flames in the mine area.

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Already of the previous visits of Martin ' Blue Flames' photographically  we arrived at darkness at the edge of crater of the volcano Ijen. Impressively the crater lake showed us in the full moon light its milky blue colouring. At the edge of the crater lake intensively blue sulfur flames which could showed up the natural condition are enclose by water vapour sulfur clouds. Because of the forward expanding industrial dismantling progress the naturally burning sulfur rivers are currently destroyed. These were not no more observed by us. The reason is that  this „natural occurence“ gets extincted by water around the clock. A sulfur burn-up would hinder the dismantling by the enormous heat and the burning sulfur would decrease the purity for cosmetic purposes.

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Sulfur catchment and down ward inclined pipes. At the end opened barrels for the condensing process.

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Collected and condensing liquid sulfur is pouring out of apprx. 50 pipes and get cooled down in small basins.

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  The water cooling on the pipes is accelerating the condensing process.

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On stalaktites downdropping sulfur in its delightful color is a real eye candy.

Liquid sulfur impressions

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The complete impassable area is also the reason that under these hell conditions the sulfur get mined out by hand. The breathing near the sulfur discharges is nearly impossible and if you catch a breeze of this biting aerosol you have really problems for the next few hours with your respiration.

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Gas masks and appropriate carrier equipment are rare. For a cartload of 70 kilograms sulfur carried by baskets fixed with flat bamboo slats over a 200m elevation to the crater rim, and in addition 4 km down the valley they earn for one job 60000 Rupiah. Something about 7 $.

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