Indonesian Tin Miners Target The Ocean as Reserves Dwindle on Land

8 June 2021 14:55 WIB

An aerial view shows wooden pontoons equipped to dredge the seabed for deposits of tin ore off the coast of Toboali, on the southern shores of the island of Bangka, Indonesia, May 1, 2021. From the shores of Indonesia's Bangka island, miners like Hendra head out by boat every day to scores of crudely built wooden pontoons dotted off the coast that are equipped to dredge the seabed for lucrative deposits of tin ore. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

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An artisanal tin miner uses a plastic tub to check the sand of tin ore while working on a pontoon off the coast of Toboali, southern shores of the island of Bangka, Indonesia, May 1, 2021. Indonesia is the world's biggest exporter of tin used in everything from food packaging to electronics and now green technologies. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

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Artisanal tin miners install a suction pipe on a pontoon off the coast of Toboali, on the southern shores of the island of Bangka, Indonesia, May 1, 2021. But deposits in the mining hub of Bangka-Belitung have been heavily exploited on land, leaving parts of the islands off the southeast coast of Sumatra island resembling a lunar landscape with vast craters and highly acidic, turquoise lakes. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

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An artisanal tin miner rests as children swim near a pontoon off the coast of Toboali, on the southern shores of the island of Bangka, Indonesia, April 29, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

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Dimas Putra Hermawan, 17, and other artisanal tin miners prepare washed glittery black sand of tin ore while working on a pontoon off the coast of Toboali, on the southern shores of the island of Bangka, Indonesia, April 29, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

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Artisanal tin miners carry a sack of tin sand to be checked, weighed and collected at a shore in Toboali, southern shores of the island of Bangka, Indonesia, April 29, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

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