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Robbie Shone @shonephoto

Photographer / Explorer Committed to creating unique images of exploration from our extreme subterranean world. @natgeoimagecollection @NatGeo

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As another Anglo/Sarawak caving expedition is about to get underway to explore the giant caves of Mulu National Park, it is exactly a year ago when we were there, documenting a team of scientists. The team, led by Dr. Nele Meckler from the University of Bergen, Norway are working to improve our understanding of tropical climate change over the last 500,000 years. Here we see the team collecting modern dripwater samples, which will be analyzed for chemistry, and used to help interpret the records of the past. #cavescience #science #geology #climate #rainforest #womeninscience #womeninSTEM #exploration #MuluNationalPark #climatechange #research #Sarawak #Malaysia
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As another Anglo/Sarawak caving expedition is about to get underway to explore the giant caves of Mulu National Park, it is exactly a year ago when we were there, documenting a team of scientists. The team, led by Dr. Nele Meckler from the University of Bergen, Norway are working to improve our understanding of tropical climate change over the last 500,000 years. Here we see the team collecting modern dripwater samples, which will be analyzed for chemistry, and used to help interpret the records of the past. #cavescience #science #geology #climate #rainforest #womeninscience #womeninstem #exploration #mulunationalpark #climatechange #research #sarawak #malaysia

20 years ago, I took up caving and for many years I was obsessed by this cave! This is the view from the top, from inside the roof dome looking straight down into Titan shaft, inside a cave known for centuries as The Devils Arse (Peak Cavern), England. At the top of the photograph, it shows the mined tunnel that we excavated from the surface by hand, that literally took over our lives for almost five years. Carved out by water, these limestone cliffs measure 141.5 metres (464 ft) high, making Titan the biggest cave in the UK. It is even tall enough to swallow the London Eye.
In the 1770’s when nearby miners mined lead ore from inside Speedwell Cavern they must have passed below Titans great boulder pile, unaware of what giant void lay directly above them. It wasn't until New Years Day, 1999 when Titan was first discovered by local cave explorers, and it’s entire splendour was illuminated for the very first time having been formed and sculptured in total darkness over a very long period. It was a great photographic challenge, whilst hanging in the roof like a bat. #vertigo #petzlgram #adventure #derbyshiretimes #peakdistrict #explore #peakcavern #speedwellcavern #letsexplore #cave #caving #speleo #underground @petzl_official
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20 years ago, I took up caving and for many years I was obsessed by this cave! This is the view from the top, from inside the roof dome looking straight down into Titan shaft, inside a cave known for centuries as The Devils Arse (Peak Cavern), England. At the top of the photograph, it shows the mined tunnel that we excavated from the surface by hand, that literally took over our lives for almost five years. Carved out by water, these limestone cliffs measure 141.5 metres (464 ft) high, making Titan the biggest cave in the UK. It is even tall enough to swallow the London Eye. In the 1770’s when nearby miners mined lead ore from inside Speedwell Cavern they must have passed below Titans great boulder pile, unaware of what giant void lay directly above them. It wasn't until New Years Day, 1999 when Titan was first discovered by local cave explorers, and it’s entire splendour was illuminated for the very first time having been formed and sculptured in total darkness over a very long

20 years ago, I took up caving and for many years I was obsessed by this cave! This is the view from just above the halfway ledge, looking down into Titan shaft, inside a cave known for centuries as The Devils Arse (Peak Cavern), England. Carved out by water, these limestone cliffs measure 141.5 metres (464 ft) high, making Titan the biggest cave in the UK. It is even tall enough to swallow the London Eye.
In the 1770’s when nearby miners mined lead ore from inside Speedwell Cavern they must have passed below Titans great boulder pile, unaware of what giant void lay directly above them. It wasn't until New Years Day, 1999 when Titan was first discovered by local cave explorers, and it’s entire splendour was illuminated for the very first time having been formed and sculptured in total darkness over a very long period. It was a great photographic challenge, whilst hanging in the roof like a bat. #vertigo #petzlgram #adventure #derbyshiretimes #peakdistrict #explore #peakcavern #speedwellcavern #letsexplore #cave #caving #speleo #underground @petzl_official
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20 years ago, I took up caving and for many years I was obsessed by this cave! This is the view from just above the halfway ledge, looking down into Titan shaft, inside a cave known for centuries as The Devils Arse (Peak Cavern), England. Carved out by water, these limestone cliffs measure 141.5 metres (464 ft) high, making Titan the biggest cave in the UK. It is even tall enough to swallow the London Eye. In the 1770’s when nearby miners mined lead ore from inside Speedwell Cavern they must have passed below Titans great boulder pile, unaware of what giant void lay directly above them. It wasn't until New Years Day, 1999 when Titan was first discovered by local cave explorers, and it’s entire splendour was illuminated for the very first time having been formed and sculptured in total darkness over a very long period. It was a great photographic challenge, whilst hanging in the roof like a bat. #vertigo #petzlgram #adventure #derbyshiretimes #peakdistrict #explore #peakcavern

We’ve started work today on an important project I’ve been wanting to do for years and years. 📷: Roman Erler #NaturesIcePalace #HintertuxGlacier #ice #icecrystals #glaciercave #glacier #climatechange #DisappearingGlaciers #TerraMater #MeltingGlaciers @terramatermag
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We’ve started work today on an important project I’ve been wanting to do for years and years. 📷: Roman Erler #naturesicepalace #hintertuxglacier #ice #icecrystals #glaciercave #glacier #climatechange #disappearingglaciers #terramater #meltingglaciers @terramatermag

We are currently in Kandersteg following the work of a Swiss team of explorers. It’s a rare sight to see a photo of me at work due the location I often find myself in, but thanks to the ’Danish Machine’ @janus.jorgensen who shot this picture of me and the camera setup from the other evening, we have one.

Thanks Janus for all your help with the rigging! 
#Repost @janus.jorgensen ・・・
Some days you don’t know what to expect and it turns out to be these days that can open your eyes the most...
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Did some normal rigging for a photoshoot, in Geltenbach Höhle with a cool team yesterday. The photographer really opened my eyes to the science there is to be found in caves. Especially with their project regarding dating of climate change in the @greenland_caves .
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#caving #geltenbach #switzerland #kandersteg #climbing #rigging #discover #adventure #alpine #sience
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We are currently in Kandersteg following the work of a Swiss team of explorers. It’s a rare sight to see a photo of me at work due the location I often find myself in, but thanks to the ’Danish Machine’ @janus.jorgensen who shot this picture of me and the camera setup from the other evening, we have one. Thanks Janus for all your help with the rigging! #repost @janus.jorgensen ・・・ Some days you don’t know what to expect and it turns out to be these days that can open your eyes the most... . Did some normal rigging for a photoshoot, in Geltenbach Höhle with a cool team yesterday. The photographer really opened my eyes to the science there is to be found in caves. Especially with their project regarding dating of climate change in the @greenland caves . . . #caving #geltenbach #switzerland #kandersteg #climbing #rigging #discover #adventure #alpine #sience

@NatGeo just hit a massive milestone reaching 100 million followers! As a thanks to you all for supporting them, they are holding a photo competition for the next 24 hours only. To enter, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo onto your own feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on Nat Geo and the winner gets a photo safari trip to Tanzania, courtesy of @natgeoexpeditions. How cool is that! From above and below ground, best of luck everyone.
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@NatGeo just hit a massive milestone reaching 100 million followers! As a thanks to you all for supporting them, they are holding a photo competition for the next 24 hours only. To enter, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo onto your own feed using the hashtag #natgeo100contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on Nat Geo and the winner gets a photo safari trip to Tanzania, courtesy of @natgeoexpeditions. How cool is that! From above and below ground, best of luck everyone.

Belated happy International Women in Science Day (for yesterday). To all the women in the world that inspire us and continue to push the boundaries in science, I salute you! But especially to my fiancé Prof. Gina Moseley who at the University of Innsbruck is leading a pioneering science project studying caves in Greenland to better understand climate change. This much-needed record of past climate is the first of its type and will contribute significantly to our understanding of long-term climate change in Greenland and the Arctic by covering a time period that is out-of-range of the Greenland ice cores. Good luck Gina with your FWF START grant expedition this summer! You can follow her team at @Greenland_Caves. Photo above is of Gina several years ago sampling sediment from a cave in Sarawak on the Malaysian island of Borneo. A little warmer than Greenland! #internationalwomeninscienceday @uniinnsbruck
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Belated happy International Women in Science Day (for yesterday). To all the women in the world that inspire us and continue to push the boundaries in science, I salute you! But especially to my fiancé Prof. Gina Moseley who at the University of Innsbruck is leading a pioneering science project studying caves in Greenland to better understand climate change. This much-needed record of past climate is the first of its type and will contribute significantly to our understanding of long-term climate change in Greenland and the Arctic by covering a time period that is out-of-range of the Greenland ice cores. Good luck Gina with your FWF START grant expedition this summer! You can follow her team at @Greenland Caves. Photo above is of Gina several years ago sampling sediment from a cave in Sarawak on the Malaysian island of Borneo. A little warmer than Greenland! #internationalwomeninscienceday @uniinnsbruck

I was recently asked by a television producer, what does the word ‘exploration' mean to you Robbie? - In replying, the first thing that came to mind was the ability to go somewhere on this planet that has never been seen before, ever! Exploring the world beneath our feet inside caves brings light upon so many fascinating and important things, like science and biology, archeology and paleoclimatology. In today's world, these are such highly important things that could help our understanding of our planet. #letsexplore #explore #exploration #explorer #science #nature #adventure
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I was recently asked by a television producer, what does the word ‘exploration' mean to you Robbie? - In replying, the first thing that came to mind was the ability to go somewhere on this planet that has never been seen before, ever! Exploring the world beneath our feet inside caves brings light upon so many fascinating and important things, like science and biology, archeology and paleoclimatology. In today's world, these are such highly important things that could help our understanding of our planet. #letsexplore #explore #exploration #explorer #science #nature #adventure

Back behind the camera after an amazing week at the @NatGeo Storytelling Summit in Washington DC. These are very rare and very small cave formations called cryogenic calcite crystals (CCCs). They form in caves when water enters from the surface and then freezes in the cave and turns to ice. In the freezing process the increasingly smaller pool of water becomes more and more enriched in salts (ions) to the point that the pool becomes supersaturated and these calcite crystals then form. CCCs are being increasingly studied by scientists to establish when a cave contained ice. These CCCs come from caves in England, where there are no ice caves today. #cave #icecave #crystal #ice #science #climate #climatechange #research #womeninscience #womeninstem @uniinnsbruck @umntwincities
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Back behind the camera after an amazing week at the @NatGeo Storytelling Summit in Washington DC. These are very rare and very small cave formations called cryogenic calcite crystals (CCCs). They form in caves when water enters from the surface and then freezes in the cave and turns to ice. In the freezing process the increasingly smaller pool of water becomes more and more enriched in salts (ions) to the point that the pool becomes supersaturated and these calcite crystals then form. CCCs are being increasingly studied by scientists to establish when a cave contained ice. These CCCs come from caves in England, where there are no ice caves today. #cave #icecave #crystal #ice #science #climate #climatechange #research #womeninscience #womeninstem @uniinnsbruck @umntwincities

At night, the Mulu rainforest is filled with an wonderful chorus of insect call. The Bornean rainforest is home to many nocturnal creatures and if you tread carefully and remain very quiet and patient, you might get to see some of them. During our expedition last spring we got to see a few whilst hiking to and from the caves where we were mostly working. We spotted several species of tree frog (Collet's Tree Frog, Polypedates colletti) clinging to the vines of small trees in search of food. These frogs mainly feed on worms, insects and other small bugs. 
This concludes my presentation of photographs from my assignment in April 2018 with GEO magazine. It was great working with the team, led by Dr. Nele Meckler from the University of Bergen, Norway who are all working to improve our understanding of tropical climate change over the last 500,000 years. For more information about the scientists work, check out @MuluClimateScience @geomagazin #cavescience #science #geology #climate #rainforest #womeninscience #womeninSTEM #exploration #MuluNationalPark #climatechange #research #Sarawak #Malaysia
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At night, the Mulu rainforest is filled with an wonderful chorus of insect call. The Bornean rainforest is home to many nocturnal creatures and if you tread carefully and remain very quiet and patient, you might get to see some of them. During our expedition last spring we got to see a few whilst hiking to and from the caves where we were mostly working. We spotted several species of tree frog (Collet's Tree Frog, Polypedates colletti) clinging to the vines of small trees in search of food. These frogs mainly feed on worms, insects and other small bugs. This concludes my presentation of photographs from my assignment in April 2018 with GEO magazine. It was great working with the team, led by Dr. Nele Meckler from the University of Bergen, Norway who are all working to improve our understanding of tropical climate change over the last 500,000 years. For more information about the scientists work, check out @MuluClimateScience @geomagazin #cavescience #science #geology #climate

Drunken Forest is a cave in Mulu NP that was discovered in 1984, on the early exploration expeditions led by the British. There is something unusual about Drunken Forest as you can see from this photograph. In certain parts of the cave, the stalagmites lean and on first impressions look to have formed at an angle. However, that is not the case and it is thought that during an earthquake many years ago that tilted the stalagmites.
Here we see Shelby Ellis, a PhD student from Georgia Tech taking a drip water sample from a stalagmite.
In April 2018, I joined a team of scientists studying the caves in Gunung Mulu National Park, on the Malaysian island of Borneo. The team, led by Dr. Nele Meckler from the University of Bergen, Norway are working to improve our understanding of tropical climate change over the last 500,000 years. 
I’m currently sharing pictures from this amazing assignment here. For more information about the scientists work, check out @MuluClimateScience @geomagazin #cavescience #science #geology #climate #rainforest #womeninscience #womeninSTEM #exploration #MuluNationalPark #climatechange #research #Sarawak #Malaysia
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Drunken Forest is a cave in Mulu NP that was discovered in 1984, on the early exploration expeditions led by the British. There is something unusual about Drunken Forest as you can see from this photograph. In certain parts of the cave, the stalagmites lean and on first impressions look to have formed at an angle. However, that is not the case and it is thought that during an earthquake many years ago that tilted the stalagmites. Here we see Shelby Ellis, a PhD student from Georgia Tech taking a drip water sample from a stalagmite. In April 2018, I joined a team of scientists studying the caves in Gunung Mulu National Park, on the Malaysian island of Borneo. The team, led by Dr. Nele Meckler from the University of Bergen, Norway are working to improve our understanding of tropical climate change over the last 500,000 years. I’m currently sharing pictures from this amazing assignment here. For more information about the scientists work, check out @MuluClimateScience @geomagazin

In a small side passage away from where Dr. Nele Meckler and her team have been collecting vital samples for their research, a huge expanse of hardened cracked mud covers the floor of a passage inside Whiterock. Whiterock (cave) was first discovered in 2003 by a British team of explorers and has now been connected to the mighty Clearwater Cave system, making it one of the longest caves in the world!
In April 2018, I joined a team of scientists studying the caves in Gunung Mulu National Park, on the Malaysian island of Borneo. The team, led by Dr. Nele Meckler from the University of Bergen, Norway are working to improve our understanding of tropical climate change over the last 500,000 years. 
I’m currently sharing pictures from this amazing assignment here. For more information about the scientists work, check out @MuluClimateScience @geomagazin #cavescience #science #geology #climate #rainforest #womeninscience #womeninSTEM #exploration #MuluNationalPark #climatechange #research #Sarawak #Malaysia
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In a small side passage away from where Dr. Nele Meckler and her team have been collecting vital samples for their research, a huge expanse of hardened cracked mud covers the floor of a passage inside Whiterock. Whiterock (cave) was first discovered in 2003 by a British team of explorers and has now been connected to the mighty Clearwater Cave system, making it one of the longest caves in the world! In April 2018, I joined a team of scientists studying the caves in Gunung Mulu National Park, on the Malaysian island of Borneo. The team, led by Dr. Nele Meckler from the University of Bergen, Norway are working to improve our understanding of tropical climate change over the last 500,000 years. I’m currently sharing pictures from this amazing assignment here. For more information about the scientists work, check out @MuluClimateScience @geomagazin #cavescience #science #geology #climate #rainforest #womeninscience #womeninstem #exploration #mulunationalpark #climatechange #research

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