The sulfur mine is located in a beautiful and treacherous place: the Kawah Ijen volcano. To get to the sulfur, miners must climb the side of the volcano and descend into the crater, near a stunning lake filled with turquoise water. According to Geology.com, the sulfur comes from sulfur-laden gases from fumaroles near the lake. If conditions allow, the sulfur gas condenses and then solidifies into the chunks the miners are looking for.
According to Trenchard, over 200 miners trek to the sulfur mine every day. After filling baskets with hundreds of pounds of the yellow substance, the miners climb out of the crater to sell their day’s haul. The sulfur is sold to be processed locally to make things such as sugar, fireworks, matches and even cosmetics. Trenchard said that all of this grueling work can earn the miners about $12 a day.
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