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Mr. Sariono has become a sulphur miner at Mount Ijen since 1972. With hard working, he has raised his three sons, Sugiono, Ahmad Effendi and Miskadi. They have become a successful sulphur miner worker.

All the hard work result a sweet fruits, the Banyuwangi tourism has been developing and Mount Ijen has become one of the tourist destination interest both for domestic and international tourists.

Ijen Miner Family Homestay wast firstly built in 2015 as the answer and providing a suitable accommodation for tourist visiting Mount Ijen Crater.

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The Ijen volcano has a one-kilometre-wide turquoise-coloured acidic crater lake. The lake is the site of a labour-intensive sulfur mining operation, in which sulfur-laden baskets are carried by hand from the crater floor. The work is paid well considering the cost of living in the area, but is very onerous. Workers earn around Rp 50,000 - 75,000 ($5.50-$8.30) per day and once out of the crater, still need to carry their loads of sulfur chunks about three kilometers to the nearby Paltuding Valley to get paid.

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Sulfur mining at Ijen

An active vent at the edge of the lake is a source of elemental sulfur, and supports a mining operation. Escaping volcanic gases are channelled through a network of ceramic pipes, resulting in condensation of molten sulfur. The sulphur, which is deep red in colour when molten, pours slowly from the ends of these pipes and pools on the ground, turning bright yellow as it cools. The miners break the cooled material into large pieces and carry it away in baskets. Miners carry loads ranging from 75 kilograms (165 lb) to 90 kilograms (200 lb), up 300 metres (980 ft) to the crater rim, with a gradient of 45 to 60 degrees and then 3 kilometres (1.86 miles) down the mountain for weighing.

Most miners make this journey twice a day. A nearby sugar refinery pays the miners by the weight of sulfur transported; as of September 2010, the typical daily earnings were equivalent to approximately $13 US. The miners often receive insufficient protection while working around the volcano and complain of numerous respiratory afflictions. There are 200 miners, who extract 14 tons per day - about 20 percent of the continuous daily deposit.

 

 

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MOUNT IJEN CRATER

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Ijen Crater

Highest point

Elevation

2,799 m (9,183 ft)

Listing

Spesial Ribu

Coordinates

8.058°S 114.242°E

Location

Banyuwangi Regency,
Java, Indonesia

Geology

Mountain type

Stratovolcano

Last eruption

Still Active

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