03
Sep
12

Escape Monday: Indonesian Sulphur Mines

oliviergrunewaldkawahijenbynight2And you thought your job was shite. Try hiking up to the summit of a 8 660ft volcano every day, at the heart of which lies a boiling lake of molten sulphur for $13 a day.

The stench and the unbearable heat are one thing, but these miners also have to carry 90kg loads of sulphur back down once they’ve mined it.

The highly volatile molten sulphuric acid often ignites, causing the hauntingly beautiful blue flames you’ll see below.

Let’s not mince words here, these guys pretty much work in hell. You got the fire, the brimstone and with the gruelling conditions they work in, you can bet your ass you got the gnashing of teeth to seal the deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those pics were snapped by French photographer Olivier Grunewald and if you think it’s insane that he risked life and limb to get those shots, spare a thought for the miners who do that every day of their lives, often with no protective gear whatsoever.

Get the full story on My Modern Met.

Feeling better about your Monday? Me too Winking smile

Later Party People.

-ST


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