- published: 07 Mar 2011
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Thousands of Indonesians risk their lives to prospect for gold in makeshift mine shafts in the jungle of West Java. As well as risking their own safety when their cramped mine collapses, the locals pollute the environment with mercury and cyanide.
Read accompanying article at New Mandala: asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2015/07/16/the-gold-farmers/ UC Berkeley's Prof Nancy Lee Peluso has been researching natural resources politics in Indonesia since 1979. In these photographs she documents the searching for gold in unlicensed mines in West Kalimantan province. Dangerous, illegal, and environmentally destructive, smallholder mining nevertheless offers a shot at prosperity for marginalised rural people.
Now in a new location where the pump and gear being used is different, Chinese pumps and 5" PVC Piping, They are also using the incredibly inefficient wooden sluice boxes, set on far, far too great and angle and with water speed that just washes the gold away, There is little point to doing the work if you are just going to wash it away!
Part 2 starts with a drive back to Manado, with Independence Day flags flying. A big storm hit as we arrived. Next day we arrive at Tangkoko National Park in the extreme north east, where we have knobbed hornbill, Sulawesi serpent-eagle, isabelline bush-hen, lilac-cheeked kingfisher, green-backed kingfisher, black-naped fruit-dove, Tabon scrubfowl, red-backed thrush, ochre-bellied hawk-owl, ashy woodpecker, the critically endangered crested macaque, and some roosting spectral tarsiers. We then took a boat trip to see great-billed kingfisher. Next day we fly to the volcanic island of Ternate where we catch a boat to Halmahera. After dropping our gear at the homestay, we head off and see long-billed crow, rufous-bellied triller, white cockatoo, golden whistler, spotted kestrel, sombre kingf...
This is a private homemade documentary to bring a little bit awareness to this topic, because if the situation will be left as it is, another paradise will be lost.
This is a private homemade documentary to bring a little bit awareness to this topic, because if the situation will be left as it is, another paradise will be lost. (We are sorry for sometimes shaky and bad quality video, but some parts we had to film with hidden camera)
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com A roadside stop to watch locals with "gold fever." Lombok is rich in gold, copper, silver and other ores creating a new wild west atmosphere. Find your secret lode. Haul back bags of rocks. Crush in the family tumblers and begin swirling (or what I refer to as "gold panning") in a mixture of water and mercury! They seem to disregard the carcinogenic properties of mercury possibly thinking the new riches are more important than future mercury poisoning. But what about all that mercury leaching into the groundwater? It was interesting to watch though...