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White Island sulfur works (1st of 2)

White Island sulfur works

Whakaari (White Island) in the Bay of Plenty contains one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes. In the past it was an important source of sulfur for the manufacture of superphosphate. Mining ended after 10 men were killed in a landslide in 1914. Some mining resumed in 1923, but eventually ceased in the 1930s when the sulfur was depleted.

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Ants Roberts, 'Fertiliser industry - What is fertiliser?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2020)

Story by Ants Roberts, published 24 Nov 2008