Java and its volcanos, Indonesia

Bromo volcano

Foreground, we can see Batok volcano. On the left inside, there is Bromo volcano and into the background Semeru.

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru national park

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru national park (photo by B. Hervé)

Cloud flows in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru national park

Cloud flows in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru national park(photo by B. Hervé)

Mount Bromo is an active volcano of which the last eruption took place in january 2011 the 22nd. The site was closed on a 1,2 miles (2km) diameter.

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru national park

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru national park (photo by B. Hervé)

Bromo Volcano

Bromo volcano (photo by B. Hervé)

Sandy sea, Bromo volcano

Sandy sea, Bromo volcano (photo by B. Hervé)

Hindu temple, Bromo volcano

Hindu temple, Bromo volcano (photo by B. Hervé)

Bromo crater

Bromo crater (photo by B. Hervé)

Kawa Ijen, an active volcano on Java island, has, at its top, a lake said to be the most acid in the world.

Path to Kawa Ijen

Path to Kawa Ijen (photo by B. Hervé)

Coming in the Kawa Ijen

Coming in the Kawa Ijen (photo by B. Hervé)

Sulphur worker, Kawa Ijen

Sulphur worker, Kawa Ijen (photo by B. Hervé)

The workers use many baskets to carry the sulphur. The steps used enable them to carry more sulphur with less efforts on the 4 miles (6 km) return way path.

Sulphur worker steps

Sulphur worker steps (photo by B. Hervé)

Acid lake

Acid lake (photo by B. Hervé)

Work conditions are extrem and risks taken by the workers, often working without mask, are omnipresent. It becomes hardly breathable when the smoke covers the crater (almost all the time).

Crater level

Crater level (photo by B. Hervé)

Sulphur emanation

Sulphur emanation (photo by B. Hervé)

Every basket carried weighs approximately 176 pounds (80 kg).

Basket of sulphur

Basket of sulphur (photo by B. Hervé)

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