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The Ijen volcano in East Java, Indonesia.
Ijen volcano has a one-kilometer-wide turquoise-colored acid crater lake. The lake is the site of intensive sulfur mining operation, in which sulfur-laden baskets are carried by hand from the crater floor. The active crater at Kawah Ijen has radius about 360 meters and it is 200 meters deep. And it is the world's largest highly acidic lake. In 2008 measure of acidity in the acid lake was done and the pH of the sulfuric acid in the crater was measured to be 0.5!
My photo is from the 3 km long path(jungle track)to the rim of the crater.The climb from the roads end, where is big parking area,to the edge of the lake spends about one and a half hour. The best time seeing Ijen Crater is early morning.
The scenery looks idillic, like autumn landscape, but in fact trees and mountain ridges are shrouded in a smelling swirling sulfur cloud. When this cloud a few minutes later crossed our path, we pretty suffocated, the tears run down our faces and long time we cough out sulphur acid phlegm.

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Additional Photos by Jiri Vondracek (jiridracek) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 255] (2038)
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