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Robbie Shone  Photographer / Explorer / Innsbruck AUT. Committed to creating unique images of exploration from our extreme subterranean world.

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A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.

The Chandelier Ballroom in Lechuguilla is an underground chamber that is as iconic and well known to cave explorers around the world as the Royal Albert Hall is to the worlds leading musicians, composers and artists. There is nowhere else in the world that explorers have discovered quite like it! With its giant 6m (20ft) long glittering gypsum chandelier formations hanging down from the ceiling, it feels like you are exploring a cave on another planet.
#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #jeweloftheunderground #expedition #science #biology #cave #terramater #explore #exploration #chandelierballroom #gypsum

A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.

Located in the southwestern branch of Lechuguilla and just around the corner from the Big Sky camp where we were sleeping, lies another beautiful part of the cave. Known as Pearlsian Gulf and named after several nests of pristine white cave pearls (pictured bottom left hand corner), this idyllic paradise is one of the most iconic landmarks in the cave. A small pool of turquoise water surrounded by yellow and white speleothem formations is another sampling site for microbiologist Prof. Hazel Barton (pictured in red). Upon entering the site, we were told to change into clean clothes and wear a brand new pair of non-marking sole pumps to walk around. It was vital we didn’t leave behind any signs of us being there.
#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #terramater #explore #exploration

A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.

As in previous posts during this story, I have highlighted the beauty and splendour of The Chandelier Ballroom in the heart of Lechuguilla. This photograph is especially special as it shows a collection of gypsum chandeliers that have been little photographed before. These chandeliers are also located within the famous Chandelier Ballroom, but are not easily seen from the main path through the cave. I am very grateful to be given permission to get up close to these and photograph them.

#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #terramater #explore #explorationl #jewllery #jewelry #Chandelier #ChandelierBallroom

A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.

Pictured here is a stalagmite featured in Pearlsian Gulf. The stalagmite has formed over hundreds of thousands of years as drip waters fall to the floor, de-gas carbon dioxide, and deposit calcium carbonate layer by layer. Later on, the chemistry of the drip waters has changed, and instead of calcium carbonate being deposited, it has been dissolved, revealing the internal structure of the stalagmite. The walls of the stalagmite have become so thin that it is possible to shine a light through them.

#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #terramater #explore #exploration #stalagmite

A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.

Located in the southwestern branch of Lechuguilla and just around the corner from the Big Sky camp where we were sleeping, lies another beautiful part of the cave. Known as Pearlsian Gulf and named after several nests of pristine white cave pearls, this idyllic paradise is one of the most iconic landmarks in the cave. These cave pearls (pictured) are formed when saturated water drips into small pools with such vigour that regular speleothems like stalagmites cannot form. A bit of foreign matter, for example a grain of sand, becomes coated with calcite and these slight movements of water help keep the sand oscillating in motion while new layers of calcite are added, before eventually a pristine white cave pearl is formed.
#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #terramater #explore #exploration #pearl #cavepearl #jewllery #jewelry

A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.

Located in the southwestern branch of Lechuguilla and just around the corner from the Big Sky camp where we were sleeping, lies another beautiful part of the cave. Known as Pearlsian Gulf and named after several nests of pristine white cave pearls, this idyllic paradise is one of the most iconic landmarks in the cave. A small pool of turquoise water surrounded by yellow and white speleothem formations is another sampling site for microbiologist Prof. Hazel Barton. Upon entering the site, we were told to change into clean clothes and wear a brand new pair of non-marking sole pumps to walk around. It was vital we didn’t leave behind any signs of us being there.
Pictured here, Dr. Gina Moseley (@negreenland_caves) admires the cave formations from the back of the room close to the nests of cave pearls.

#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #terramater #explore #exploration

A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.

Lechuguilla is an amazing cave in so many unique ways. It has been sealed off from human and animal interaction for millions of years and remains in exactly the same state as it was when it was first formed. It is a real time machine, taking us back to a world that was very different to the one we live in today.
Pictured here taking samples in Lechuguilla, Professor Hazel Barton, who studies cave microbes at the University of Akron, has discovered an ancient bacterium that is resistant to many antibiotics used in human medicine today. There may be many more caves around the world like Lechuguilla, that have not yet been discovered that could also hold clues to combating the resistance to antibiotics. We just need to find them!

#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #terramater #explore #exploration

A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.
During our expedition where we were camped underground in Lechuguilla, we spent two days resurveying and photographing one of the caves most well decorated and well preserved areas. Over the years, minimal access has left Lake Castrovalva as pristine and perfect as it was when it was first discovered. In my diary, I made this sketch of the lake with a team member in an inflatable boat on the lake. The round mammillary formations that surround the lake show how the water level has dropped in recent years.
#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #cave #terramater #explore #exploration #art #drawing #sketch #artwork #diary

Today is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. How will you celebrate the summer solstice? Pictured, a group of people celebrate Sonnwendfeuer, or midsummer atop the Nordkette mountain near Innsbruck, Austria. Across the Alps at this time of the year, bonfires and torches light up the night in celebration. Happy Solstice one and all! #Tirol #Mountainfire #bergfeuer #lovetirol @visittirol @innsbrucktourism @visitaustria @nordketteinnsbruck @discoveraustria

A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.

Lechuguilla is such a beautiful and well decorated cave and it’s because of this that access inside the cave is restricted to only worthy scientific, exploration or mapping projects. This is to ensure that the numbers of people traversing through the cave and potentially damaging it further is reduced to a bare minimum. The Land of the Lost (pictured) is a maze of breakdown tunnels and passages veering off in all directions. One of the tasks we had on our agenda during our expedition was to carry out a re-survey of several sections of this area, from which the authority can use to tie in to the overall survey of the cave.
The Land of the Lost is another beautiful and highly decorated part of the cave. It is full of white gypsum crystals. We had to be extra careful not to stand on any of them!
#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #cave #terramater #explore #exploration

A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.
Deep underground in Lechuguilla, there are a number of camps that explorers use as their base. Pictured here is the Big Sky camp, which is located in the southwestern branch of the cave, close to the Voids and Pearlsian Gulf. This was our home for a week in January/February this year. The Carlsbad Caverns National Park authority has strict conservation rules. One of which is that all team members on arriving at a camp, must first spread a sheet of plastic on the sandy floor. All personal belongings have to be placed on top of this sheet. All meals have to eaten on this sheet. Then, at the end of the expedition, the sheet is folded away and taken out of the cave, along with anything brought in from outside. It is extremely important to keep the cave as it was before humans discovered it.

#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #cave #terramater #explore #exploration #camp #basecamp

A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.

Finally, after over 8 hours of caving, negotiating all the many squeezes, climbs, traverses, rappels, and lakes, we reached the Big Sky camp in Lechuguilla. Located in the southwestern branch of the cave, close to the Voids and Pearlsian Gulf, this was to be our base for the next week. First things first, we boiled up a pan of water on the stove and made a brew for everyone. Pictured here is Dr. Gina Moseley (@NEGreenland_Caves) enjoying a well deserved mug of tea, after reaching this point deep in the cave and having carried in so much weight in her bag.

#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #cave #terramater #explore #exploration #camp #basecamp #petzlgram @petzl_official

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