Robbie Shone@shonephoto

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

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Robbie Shone

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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Nele Meckler leads Syria Lejau and Prof. Gina Moseley through a large section of passage-way on the way back to the entrance of Wind Cave from Secret Chamber. Behind them, giant speleothems and cave formations rise up from the sediment floor. These speleothems and cave formations could contain vital climate signals from a time in the past that could help understand what the climate will be like in the future.
Back 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 on this account. 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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Not only are the giant caves of Mulu vast, but they are also stunningly pretty with the most unbelievable cave formations. Here Prof. Gina Moseley admires the amazing 'shower head’ formation known as the Elephant Trunk inside Racer Cave. It issues water immediately after it starts to rain on the surface. It really is like somebody outside turned on the tap!
Back 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 on this account. 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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The giant caves of Mulu, Borneo are vast. The mountains are riddled with caves that are formed on many levels. The journey to Secret Chamber through Wind Cave, involves climbing through boulders from one level to another. Here we see Dr. Nele Meckler (right) carefully climbing down over rocks through a boulder pile following Prof. Gina Moseley (left). This is made even more of a challenge as they have to carry all their scientific equipment themselves, including the precious samples.
Back 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 on this account. 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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I am often asked how I cope with all the creepy crawlies and critters when exploring the caves in Mulu, Borneo. Yes, I know they can be intimidating, they are all so big! I say, treat them with the respect they deserve as it is I that am encroaching into their world. Therefore hopefully they will accept me and my camera. Afterall they have evolved to live in this world of total darkness.
Back 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 on this account. 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 collaboration with the University of Innsbruck in Austria, Prof. Gina Moseley led the core sampling operation on the scientific expedition to Mulu, Borneo. She extracted core samples from stalagmites and other flowstones from inside the caves. An expert in this technique, Gina successfully drilled several calcite core samples, leaving the main structure of the stalagmite behind and in situ. Secret Chamber in Wind Cave, which is part of the mighty Clearwater Cave system made the ideal sampling site as it is full of suitable stalagmites.
Back 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 on this account. For more information about the scientists work, check out @MuluClimateScience @geomagazin @uniinnsbruck #cavescience #science #geology #climate #rainforest #womeninscience #womeninSTEM #exploration #MuluNationalPark #climatechange #research #Sarawak #Malaysia


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Traversing through the giant caves of Mulu is often very challenging and enormous drops can be very intimidating to pass. The journey to a field site in Secret Chamber, within Wind Cave takes about one hour from the entrance and involves several rope climbs. Pictured here, Prof. Gina Moseley carefully negotiates her way along a narrow ridge between two giant boulders. The rope acts as an aid to help her across the knife-edge traverse.
Back 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 on this account. 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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Thank-you to everyone who has supported me over the years and showed such kindness, both following me on social media and helping with my cave photography by holding lights. Caves don’t light themselves, and without your help these beautiful places would have remained in the dark.
These are my top nine photographs for 2018 based on the number of likes. Bring on 2019. Happy New Year everyone! #top9 #topnine #topnine2018 #topnineinstagram #happynewyear


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