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

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 @natgeocreative

Wow! Ten years ago, in our little cottage in England, you showed me a pile of papers, photographs and maps taken a long time ago of caves in northeast Greenland. For decades, the significance of these caves had gone unnoticed and overlooked. However, you immediately recognised the scientific importance of these papers, but knew the problem was always going to be convincing the right people of their significance.
Well, after all these years, and after all your hard work, you’ve finally done just that!
Not content with a team making an IMAX film (@ancientcaves) about you and your work and your recent Professorship at the University of Innsbruck, you have just won an esteemed scientific FWF Start Grant to take your Greenland Caves Project (@greenland_caves) to the next level and beyond!!!
I am immensely proud of you Gina. You really are the biggest achiever I have ever met. Congratulations G. You absolutely deserve all your success. Not bad for a girl from Great Wyrley, Cannock, who as a child first went inside a cave with her mom on a family holiday to Cheddar in Somerset.
Here is Gina admiring an usual formation issuing water inside Racer Cave in Mulu National Park, Sarawak in Malaysia. #science #womeninstem #womeninscience #research #climate #FWF #Greenland #universityofinnsbruck #FWFStart #FWFStartGrant #climatechange #climateresearch @uniinnsbruck

This weekend, Austrian people in the region of Tirol are celebrating The Herz-Jesu Festival. Born out of the Napoleonic War. When in 1796, Napoleon's armies came closer and closer to Tirol, the area was made ready for war. It was decided that Tirol would commit to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ (Herz-Jesu), i.e. to trust in God. From June 1, 1796, this feast day was celebrated with a solemn religious service, and then 80 years later, mountain fires were added to the festival. The fires are mainly a sign of gratitude and remembrance of the victory of the Tirolean National hero and freedom fighter - Andreas Hofer over the troops of Napoleon I and the Bavarian troops that were occupying the holy land Tirol. #HerzJesu #Austria #AndreasHofer #herzjesufeuer #myinnsbruck #JesusChrist #Religion #ceremony #fire #lovetirol #Bergfeuer #Stubai #visittirol @visittirol @natgeocreative 🇦🇹

In preparation for this summer’s expedition to Greenland, we have updated our logo, big thanks to @joeimmen! We’ll be continuing with our pioneering project, where we are using for the first time in Greenland, cave-based deposits to improve understanding of past climate change. We now have a caver doing some science, and have dropped ‘Northeast’ from the name as we are now expanding to other areas with our EAst GREenland 2018 (#EAGRE18) Project.
For further details please visit the website (www.greenlandcavesproject.org) Link in my bio.

Thanks also to our EAGRE18 supporters and sponsors @toptotopexpedition @shonephoto #mounteverestfoundation #britishcaveresearchassociation #transglobeexpeditiontrust #thecaptainscottsociety #casp

The Chandelier Ballroom in Lechuguilla (cave) 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.
For millions of years, the cave has been sealed off from human and animal interaction. The cave is so beautiful and so important to science that access is strictly controlled in order to keep the cave in as pristine condition as possible. It is a real time machine, taking us back to a world that was very different to the one we live in today. @natgeocreative #Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #explore #exploration

A Carlsbad Caverns Park Guide carefully enters a small chamber containing stunning cloud-like cave formations known as mammillaries. These formed underwater at times when the lake was much higher than it is today. The formations that look like lion tails (i.e., white stalactites with orange bulbs on the end) formed close to the water surface, with the white part being above water and the orange part being just below the water surface. This contrast between the orange and white formations can give you an idea of where the level of the lake was in the past. Lechuguilla is a very beautiful and highly protected cave. Access is very strongly controlled and only given to experienced cavers with specific scientific or exploration goals within certain parts of the cave. This particular part of the cave had been ‘out of bounds’ for nearly 25 years. Lechuguilla features strongly in the episode Genesis of the @natgeochannel documentary ‘One Strange Rock’ - Check it out! @natgeocreative #Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #earthday #earthday2018 #explore #exploration #OneStrangeRock @nasa

A geologist enters a beautiful side chamber filled with fine rimstones, gours and other delicate cave formations. For millions of years, Lechuguilla has been sealed off from human and animal interaction.
The cave, which lies in Carlsbad Caverns NP, NM is a very beautiful and highly protected cave. Access is very strongly controlled and only given to experienced cavers with specific scientific or exploration goals within certain parts of the cave.
Lechuguilla features strongly in the episode Genesis of the @natgeochannel documentary ‘One Strange Rock’ - Check it out! @natgeocreative #Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #earthday #earthday2018 #explore #exploration #OneStrangeRock @nasa

Here are a bunch of rare cave formations known as mammillaries. These formed underwater at times when the lake was much higher than it is today. The formations that look like lion tails (i.e., white stalactites with orange bulbs on the end) formed close to the water surface, with the white part being above water and the orange part being just below the water surface. This contrast between the orange and white formations can give you an idea of where the level of the lake was in the past. Lechuguilla is a very beautiful and highly protected cave. Access is very strongly controlled and only given to experienced cavers with specific scientific or exploration goals within certain parts of the cave. This particular part of the cave had been ‘out of bounds’ for nearly 25 years. Lechuguilla features strongly in the episode Genesis of the @natgeochannel documentary ‘One Strange Rock’ - Check it out! @natgeocreative #Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #earthday #earthday2018 #explore #exploration #OneStrangeRock @nasa

Here is a picture looking down at a fine calcite rimstone surrounded by a crystal clear gour pool. For millions of years, Lechuguilla has been sealed off from human and animal interaction. The cave, which lies in Carlsbad Caverns NP, NM is a very beautiful and highly protected cave. Access is very strongly controlled and only given to experienced cavers with specific scientific or exploration goals within certain parts of the cave.
Lechuguilla features strongly in the episode Genesis of the @natgeochannel documentary ‘One Strange Rock’ - Check it out! @natgeocreative #Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #earthday #earthday2018 #explore #exploration #OneStrangeRock @nasa

Pictured here, Carlsbad Caverns Park Guide admires stunning cloud-like cave formations known as mammillaries. These formed underwater at times when the lake was much higher than it is today. The formations that look like lion tails (i.e., white stalactites with orange bulbs on the end) formed close to the water surface, with the white part being above water and the orange part being just below the water surface. This contrast between the orange and white formations can give you an idea of where the level of the lake was in the past. Lechuguilla is a very beautiful and highly protected cave. Access is very strongly controlled and only given to experienced caves with specific scientific or exploration goals within certain parts of the cave. This particular part of the cave had been ‘out of bounds’ for nearly 25 years. Lechuguilla features strongly in the episode Genesis of the @natgeochannel documentary ‘One Strange Rock’ - Check it out! @natgeocreative #Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #earthday #earthday2018 #explore #exploration #OneStrangeRock @nasa

A cave explorer paddles across the beautiful Lake Castrovalva in Lechuguilla (cave), Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Before getting into the small inflatable boat, she had to change into clean clothes and none marking shoes to be ready for entering this pristine area of cave. For millions of years, the cave has been sealed off from human and animal interaction. The cave is so beautiful and so important to science that access is strictly controlled in order to keep the cave in as pristine condition as possible. It is a real time machine, taking us back to a world that was very different to the one we live in today.
Lechuguilla features strongly in episode Genesis of the @natgeochannel documentary ‘One Strange Rock’ - Check it out! @natgeocreative #Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #explore #exploration #OneStrangeRock @nasa

A geologist carefully enters a small chamber containing stunning cloud-like cave formations known as mammillaries. These formed underwater at times when the lake was much higher than it is today. The formations that look like lion tails (i.e., white stalactites with orange bulbs on the end) formed close to the water surface, with the white part being above water and the orange part being just below the water surface. This contrast between the orange and white formations can give you an idea of where the level of the lake was in the past. Lechuguilla is a very beautiful and highly protected cave. Access is very strongly controlled and only given to experienced cavers with specific scientific or exploration goals within certain parts of the cave. This particular part of the cave had been ‘out of bounds’ for nearly 25 years. Lechuguilla features strongly in the episode Genesis of the @natgeochannel documentary ‘One Strange Rock’ - Check it out! @natgeocreative #Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #microbiology #antibiotics #cave #earthday #earthday2018 #explore #exploration #OneStrangeRock @nasa

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