However, for past decades, worldwide soaring demands for tin brought out countless illegal mining, and the whole island is facing severe environmental destruction and human exploitation as consequences.
The flat land has been constantly dug into valleys for hundreds of years, and the expansion of tin mining is destroying forests. Underwater mining is exterminating the coral reefs of beaches and the island's fishing industry. Even ordinary citizens dig up a handful of tin and sell it to smugglers to raise their living expenses, and the entire island is falling deeper into the curse of tin.
The Indonesian government has threatened to crack down on illegal tin mining and distribution since several years ago, but normalization of the tin mining industry, where corrupt officials, police, and local squires are deeply involved, seems far from possible.
Environmental destruction and pollution, the fall of agriculture and fisheries, the collapse of the island's economy are dragging the island into an irreversible swamp of doom. Still, mining machines and islanders are digging into the bottom of the island without stopping in mines, fields, forests, and beaches.
I do hope it's my groundless apprehension to overlap Bangka island with the Mother Earth being destroyed by environmental destruction, climate change, and above all, endless human greed.