Visitors enjoy a lava tour on Mount Merapi, Indonesia. Nine years after an eruption killed more than 350 people and destroyed three villages, disaster tourism is thriving on its slopes. Photo: James Wendlinger

Dark tourism: volcano villages in Indonesia destroyed by eruption offer grim testament to its power

  • Coins, bottles, glasses and bicycles all melted, a clock that stopped when Mount Merapi erupted in 2010 – villages on its slopes show forces of nature at work
  • Gas clouds, lava, and a torrent of rocks killed 350 people then, but villagers returned to Merapi’s slopes and, unable to farm, have turned to disaster tourism
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Visitors enjoy a lava tour on Mount Merapi, Indonesia. Nine years after an eruption killed more than 350 people and destroyed three villages, disaster tourism is thriving on its slopes. Photo: James Wendlinger
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Bankhars – several puppies pictured – are possibly the oldest domesticated dog breed in the world. Photo: Tessa Chan

The dogs that could stop Mongolian grasslands turning to desert – return of the bankhar, traditional herder’s companion

  • The bankhar, a guardian dog, is being reintroduced to protect livestock from predators and remove herders’ incentive to keep more animals and kill predators
  • Herd animals have tripled in number in recent years, causing overgrazing and trampling the grass
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Bankhars – several puppies pictured – are possibly the oldest domesticated dog breed in the world. Photo: Tessa Chan
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