Excavators sit idle in a nickel-mining area on the hill of Pomala village in Southeast Sulawesi province

 
Excavators sit idle in a nickel-mining area on the hill of Pomala village in Southeast Sulawesi province
Excavators sit idle in a nickel-mining area on the hill of Pomala village in Southeast Sulawesi province September 2, 2012. The most dramatic effect of new regulations on Indonesia's mining industry has been on mineral exports, which surged as companies fought to beat a May 6 export tax deadline and plunged thereafter. Nowhere is the human impact of the slide more visible than in the remote mining communities of Sulawesi, an island east of Borneo and the country's main source of nickel. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad