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Photo: Mining Machinery White Island

White Island on the East Coast of the North Island was once home to a Sulphur Mine and remnants of old mining machinery can still be found on this active volcano.

White Island is an active volcano situated in the Bay of Plenty on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand where tourists visit on a regular basis to see the steaming crater and explore the old sulphur mining machinery. Mining began on White Island in the middle of the 1800's, 1898-1901 and again in 1913-1914 where many people tried their luck at mining sulphur.

These mining attempts were finished in September of 1914 as some of the edge of the western crater collapsed and a mudflow took the lives of ten of the workers. None of the bodies were recovered and it was like these men just dropped off the face of the earth.

Nine years later in 1923, mining on White Island once again began but this time they built their huts on the flat land. Each day was a journey as they had to lower boats into the water and make their way around to the mining grounds but rough seas could sometimes make the trek difficult. ... continue below the picture...



Mining Machinery White Island

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Mining Machinery White Island
Photo of the ruins of the old mining machinery
on White Island on the North Island of New Zealand.

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... Once enough sulphur was collected, small rail trucks were used to send the finds to the factory on White Island.

The sulphur mining ended in the 1930's due to the lack of sulphur but mining continued with the crushing of the rock for fertilizer. This turned out to be a lost cause and the mining machinery was left abandoned on the island.

When touring to this active volcano known as White Island, do not miss out on exploring the remnants of the mining machinery. Each year that passes this machinery gets more corroded due to the sulphuric gasses formed by this volcano.

Abandoned machinery at the old Sulphur Mine on White Island, an active volcano, Bay of Plenty, East Coast North Island, New Zealand.

Technical Information:
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/7.1, exposure time of 1/200 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 42mm.

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Mining Machinery White Island
White Island on the East Coast of the North Island was once home to a Sulphur Mine and remnants of old mining machinery can still be found on this active volcano.
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Rolf Hicker
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nzk3s16546 - Mining Machinery White Island

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