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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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