Robbie Shone@shonephoto

@natgeo Photographer / Explorer / Innsbruck
Committed to creating unique images of exploration from our extreme subterranean world. @natgeocreative

http://www.shonephotography.com/

The @greenland_caves #EAGRE18 begins today as the cave team make their way to Iceland to join up with the Top To Top expedition. This picture of East Greenland was taken during our last expedition in 2015. This year we’ll be sailing to Ittoqqortoormiit and then to the Wegener Halvø peninsula in search of caves containing climate archives. We’ll have limited internet access once we set sail (making uploading photos difficult), so for regular updates please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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We have reached Zermatt in Switzerland and as part of this years @NatGeo Student Expeditions (Swiss and French) Alps program, today we took a train up the Gornergrat railway to Rotenboden and hiked along a pathway running down parallel to the Gorner glacier. Looking out from inside a contact cave on the edge of the Gorner glacier, this photograph shows the shiny smooth shapes carved into the surface of the ice. Each one reflects the daylight that filters in from behind the explorer and illuminates the cave. Although the students from NGSE had a thirst for adventure, today we gave this type of adventure a miss and stuck to the surface world instead, especially as the sun was shinning! @NatGeo @natgeocreative @NatGeoExpeditions #GornerGlacier #natgeostudentexpeditions #SwissAlps #glacier @VisitSwitzerland


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As part of the @NatGeo Student Expeditions 2018 (Swiss & French) Alps program, today we took a train underground and through the Eiger up to 3,482m (11,430ft) asl reaching the Jungfraujoch. The group of students spent the day hiking on the upper flanks of the Aletsch glacier, skiing, snowboarding, throwing snowballs at each other and generally having fun, whilst I mostly spent the day in awe of this absolutely unbelievable construction and tunnel complex that lies below. The Sphinx Observatory is one of the highest observatories in the world. The construction of the building began in 1937 and since its completion it’s been used for many different research studies from glaciology/medicine - cosmic rays/astrophysics - astronomy. In the past few years, environmental sciences have appeared more in the forefront. PS - photo from a couple of years ago. @NatGeo @natgeocreative @NatGeoExpeditions #SphinxObservatory #natgeostudentexpeditions #Observatory #stars #planets #Orion #SwissAlps @VisitSwitzerland


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Ain Dhab is largely a river cave with some higher fossil galleries at the far end of the streamway. Extremely slow moving water made it more challenging for the scientists to carry out verlocity experiments. We're following the work of a group of researches from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia. #DjebelSerdj #Tunisia #Africa #cave #science #adventure #climatechange #geology #climate #research #SISKA #speleothem


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Inside Djebel Serdj, Grotte de la Mine is a vast cave system that was first intercepted and discovered by mining activity. Pictured here, a local Tunisian guide and a scientist from the UK admire several giant stalactites hanging down from the flat roof. Throughout the cave there are many areas that contain beautiful formations like this.
We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia. #DjebelSerdj #Tunisia #Africa #cave #science #adventure #climatechange #geology #climate #research #SISKA #stalagmite #speleothem


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What can we learn from stalagmites? North Africa is sensitive to changes in climate, particularly in terms of rainfall patterns. We can tell from the shape of the stalagmite pictured here that rainfall has changed in this part of Tunisia in the past, causing the stalagmite to alter its character and show signs of regrowth.
We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia. #DjebelSerdj #Tunisia #Africa #cave #science #adventure #climatechange #geology #climate #research #SISKA #stalagmite #speleothem


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Swiss palaeoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher takes a drip water sample inside Ain Dhab cave. We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia. #DjebelSerdj #Tunisia #Africa #cave #science #adventure #climatechange #geology #climate #research #SISKA


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Here is a view of the lower half of the 'Grande Salle' in Grotte de la Mine, showing a small gour pool in the foreground surrounded by a huge flowstone deposit. Discovered accidentally by mining activities last century, the chamber contains many beautiful cave formations and is home to a large colony of bats.
We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia. #DjebelSerdj #Tunisia #Africa #cave #science #adventure #climatechange #geology #climate #research #SISKA


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Assisted by local Tunisian cave explorers, we negotiate the mined tunnels and shafts that lead through the Grotte de le Mine. The mine was in operation between 1920-1925 to extract lead and zinc ore and here we see one of the team ascending a rope in one of the mined shafts. We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia. #DjebelSerdj #Tunisia #Africa #cave #science #adventure #climatechange #geology #climate #research #SISKA


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Ain Dhab cave (pictured) is largely a river cave with some higher fossil galleries. To reach their sampling sites, the scientists have to pass by many low sections where the roof comes down to meet the river. We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia. #DjebelSerdj #Tunisia #Africa #cave #science #adventure #climatechange #geology #climate #research #SISKA


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Here in Tunisia, cave climate scientists take a break from recording temperature and sampling drip water and speleothems to admire the beautiful formations inside Ain Dhab cave.
We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and
SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia. #DjebelSerdj #Tunisia #Africa #cave #science #adventure #climatechange #geology #climate #research #SISKA


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We are back in Tunisia, following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and
SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia. Here in the hot sun and heavily laden with rigging equipment, the team ascends the southern slopes of Djebel Serdj, about to start their fieldwork inside Grotte de la Mine. #DjebelSerdj #Tunisia #Africa #cave #science #adventure #climatechange #geology #climate #research #SISKA


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