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Rocky path in gold miners’ lives

  • A dynamo is used to supply oxygen for the gold miners or gurandil who are 125 meters under. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    A dynamo is used to supply oxygen for the gold miners or gurandil who are 125 meters under. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Gold miners started digging the hole on Jan. 20, 2016 and it is now 125 meters deep. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Gold miners started digging the hole on Jan. 20, 2016 and it is now 125 meters deep. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • A gurandil shows off a rock containing gold. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    A gurandil shows off a rock containing gold. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • A 5-kilogram hammer is used to grind the rocks. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    A 5-kilogram hammer is used to grind the rocks. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Before being processed with Mercury, the rocks are grinded down to pebble size. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Before being processed with Mercury, the rocks are grinded down to pebble size. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Amalgamation -- a practice to bring free gold particles into contact with mercury – is potentially damaging to the environment. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Amalgamation -- a practice to bring free gold particles into contact with mercury – is potentially damaging to the environment. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • After the amalgamation process, the gold and silver are left. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    After the amalgamation process, the gold and silver are left. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • The gold is ready for the burning process. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    The gold is ready for the burning process. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Burning takes one minute. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Burning takes one minute. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • The pure gold is ready for sale. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    The pure gold is ready for sale. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Gold miners say they get paid more than factory laborers in Wonogiri. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Gold miners say they get paid more than factory laborers in Wonogiri. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • A sieve is used to filter gold particles from the soil. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    A sieve is used to filter gold particles from the soil. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Mercury is mixed with clean water to process the gold. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Mercury is mixed with clean water to process the gold. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • A gurandil comes out of the mine after spending 5 hours working below. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    A gurandil comes out of the mine after spending 5 hours working below. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Gold miners take a bath using water from the gold mine. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Gold miners take a bath using water from the gold mine. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • The water looks clean but it comes from the gold mine. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    The water looks clean but it comes from the gold mine. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • A gold miner digs and sorts gold particles from the soil. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    A gold miner digs and sorts gold particles from the soil. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • A magnifying glass and a miner’s plate are necessary for gold mining. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    A magnifying glass and a miner’s plate are necessary for gold mining. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • A gold miner enjoys his lunch of steamed rice, fried chicken and sambal (chili sauce). JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    A gold miner enjoys his lunch of steamed rice, fried chicken and sambal (chili sauce). JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Gelundungan (spinning mills) have to be operated non-stop. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Gelundungan (spinning mills) have to be operated non-stop. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Gold miners work together to pull the pulleys from the bottom of the gold mine, which is 125 meters deep. The miners have a sharing concession with the land owner. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Gold miners work together to pull the pulleys from the bottom of the gold mine, which is 125 meters deep. The miners have a sharing concession with the land owner. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Drills are used to grind the rocks. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Drills are used to grind the rocks. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • A rock contains good quality gold. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    A rock contains good quality gold. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

  • Villagers in Nglenggong use the miner’s plate to check if there are gold particles in the river stream. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

    Villagers in Nglenggong use the miner’s plate to check if there are gold particles in the river stream. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo