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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
13 Jan 2011

Miner carries fire wood towards his camp. Many miners have travel to illegal gold mines from throughout Indonesia. Living and sleeping on the mountain in hope of striking it rich.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
13 Jan 2011

The mine has been in operation since June 2009 with miners travelling from throughout Indonesia. Living on the mountain side in make shift camps. Local villagers from Presanggaran have begun protesting because of the waste produced by the mine is polluting the environment.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
13 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miner carries soil from mountain slopes to artifical ponds in the valley to pan for gold. As part of prospecting operation.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
13 Jan 2011

Many mining tunnels are abandoned once discovery of gold become scarce. Traditional miners are not supposed to dig below 25 metres.
But some dig to 80 metres where there are rock falls constantly. But the presence of gold is too alluring. But as tunnels deepen the rock becomes harder and the risk of flood becomes higher.

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Illegal Gold Mines Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Indonesia
By Jeffrey Bright
13 Jan 2011

Illegal gold miners Ali and Supar cross river on their way home. Traveling 2km on foot from the mining camp to the edge of the forest weaving among the numerous trails. Before continuing their journey by motorbike to the village of Presanggaran.