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Another objective of the expedition was to re enter this cave known as Cairn Climb cave, which we had explored in 2015. Accessing the cave is quite difficult and requires climbing up a 6m overhanging wall. Chris soloed the route first and then rigged a safety rope to make it easier for the rest of us to climb in. #GreenlandCavesProject #Greenland #pioneerwoman #science #research #explorer #womeninscience #womeninstem #stem #arctic #arcticexploration #exploration #climatechange @greenland_caves

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After the grandeur’s of working in the stunning Crystal Palace overlooking Grottedalen, Gina next crawled into a much smaller working space known as Flowstone Bridge cave. The cave is named after the hanging piece of calcite that bridges the passage (seen in the photos). From here, Gina collected a sample of ice and since the cave was so abundant in broken calcite, she was able to collect several pieces, though they needed grinding down first. #GreenlandCavesProject #Greenland #pioneerwoman #science #research #explorer #womeninscience #womeninstem #stem #arctic #arcticexploration #exploration #climatechange @greenland_caves

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Crystal Palace (cave) lies high above the valley floor and yields stunning views looking northwest over Grottedalen. Collecting calcite samples from this cave was one of the main objectives of the expedition. In 2015, we discovered several thick flowstone sequences that we couldn’t sample at the time due to a lack of resources. In 2019, we returned with coring and grinding equipment (courtesy of @hiltiaustria). These tools were invaluable as they allowed us to cut large sequences down to more manageable size pieces. This meant we only took from the cave what we needed. We were also careful to sample from naturally broken material, where possible. Here, Chris is grinding a sample down into smaller pieces, whilst Gina and Paul are examining a potential sample to assess its suitability for palaeoclimate work. #GreenlandCavesProject #Greenland #pioneerwoman #science #research #explorer #womeninscience #womeninstem #stem #arctic #arcticexploration #exploration #climatechange @greenland_caves

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The first cave we worked in was called Crystal Palace. We had managed to climb into it on the 2015 expedition. Accessing it required several hundred metres of ascent up several active scree slopes. For every two steps forward we took one step back. Everything moved underfoot. When we reached the top the difficulties were not over, as we then had to traverse a smaller but highly exposed scree slope to reach a narrow ledge, before accessing the cave. We protected ourselves across the exposed areas by installing a hand line to which we clipped into. #GreenlandCavesProject #Greenland #pioneerwoman #science #research #explorer #womeninscience #womeninstem #stem #arctic #arcticexploration #exploration #climatechange @greenland_caves

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The first third of the expedition was based in the same place as the 2015 expedition. Camp 1 was setup beneath the cave bearing cliffs which would be the focus of the work over the next 3 days. Whilst polar bears are not common in this area, we still took the necessary precautions in terms of camp management. The cook tent was downwind of the sleeping tents at some distance, and we erected an alarmed trip wire fence around the sleeping quarters (seen here). #GreenlandCavesProject #Greenland #pioneerwoman #science #research #explorer #womeninscience #womeninstem #stem #arctic #arcticexploration #exploration #climatechange @greenland_caves

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This years expedition started very similar to the 2015 expedition. The team of 9 flew up the east coast of Greenland in a twin otter crammed full of gear and food needed for the following few weeks. Twin otters are noisy, unpressurised aircraft, which means that it flies fairly low giving a good view of the landscape underneath. On the 4th July after 3 twin otter flights, we landed on the sandy spit of land seen here jutting out into the SW end of Centrum Sø. You can just about make out the landing strip. From here a helicopter transferred us in 5 rounds to camp 1 in Grottedalen. #GreenlandCavesProject #Greenland #pioneerwoman #science #research #explorer #womeninscience #womeninstem #stem #arctic #arcticexploration #exploration #climatechange @greenland_caves

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In 2015, I took part in the first @greenland_caves expedition to Northeast Greenland. That original expedition was full of adventure; it involved flying as far as we could in a twin otter to a tiny landing strip on a sandy spit of land in the middle of nowhere. We inflated a boat and crossed a 20 km wide lake, and then hiked for three days to get to some small seemingly insignificant caves near the top of the world. At the time we didn’t know it would become a recce expedition, and would lead on to years of research. Project leader Prof. Gina Moseley collected samples of cave calcite to use to reconstruct records of past climate change. The pilot data proved highly important, and resulted in a prestigious FWF Start prize, enabling the research to continue for the next 6 years. On July 3rd, 2019, 9 people set off on an interdisciplinary expedition back to 80’N. Over the next few weeks I’ll upload a photo a day, unravelling the story of the expedition and its amazing discoveries. #GreenlandCavesProject #Greenland #pioneerwoman #science #research #explorer #womeninscience #womeninstem #stem #arctic #arcticexploration #exploration #climatechange

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We are in Iceland and heading home following the most unbelievable expedition to northeast Greenland. We discovered so many incredible caves, more than we ever could have imagined, collected great scientific samples of calcite for the Greenland Caves Project, which will hopefully continue to push the boundaries of climate science in Greenland. At -17.1’C one of the caves we found could be the coldest recorded cave in the world! It has been a very long journey to this point and I am incredibly proud of Gina for pulling this all together. @greenland_caves #GreenlandCavesProject

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In just three days time, we depart on an expedition that has been decades in the making. Professor Gina Moseley of the University of Innsbruck and leader of the Greenland Caves Project (@greenland_caves) will lead a team of ten scientists including glaciologists, paleo-geochronologists, micro biologist, permafrost experts, explorers, photographers and a medical doctor to study and sample the remote landscape of an area in the northeast corner of Greenland in Kronsprins Christian Land. #Greenland #GreenlandCaves #climatechange #science #research #womeninscience #womeninstem #STEM #expedition #exploration @uniinnsbruck @greenland_caves

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We have just returned to civilisation after exploring Veryovkina - currently the worlds deepest cave! Following last years epic trip where we all nearly drowned during the flood at the bottom, it sure feels good to finally complete our original objective. The Caucasus mountains in Abkhazia will remain a very special place in my heart. This beautiful landscape is a great place to be based during such a physically and mentally demanding expedition as this one is. Thanks to the Moscow based Perovo Speleo Caving Club for organising another amazing experience. We will return! #everestoftheunderworld #explore #cave #worldsdeepestcave #exploration #Abkhazia #Caucasus #underground @NatGeo

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Last in this sequence of cave photographs from China. Large stalagmites line up like a gateway at the foot of a giant ascending ramp to another level of development in San Wang Dong, China. They create a magical spectacle part way along a section of cave passage called Crusty Duvets. The jagged and uneven floor surrounding the three isolated formations is as delicate and untouched as the stalagmites themselves. Having had the opportunity to explore and photograph these caves has been such a wonderful experience and a real privilege. Thank-you to all the people who helped along the way, especially American explorer and speleologist Erin Lynch and the Karst Institute in China. #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #China #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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I was once told that there is still a staggering 95% of the world's oceans that remain unexplored. That's a huge volume of ocean left to examine and where to make new discoveries. Underground however, nobody knows what percentage of caverns remain unexplored, as we cannot see them from the surface. Pictured above, deep underground in China’s Wulong County, a cave explorer swims into the unknown in a cave called Quankou Dong. #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #China #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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China boasts some of the worlds most spectacular underground landscapes. Several of the largest cave chambers ever discovered are located in China and probably many more are there, lying in total darkness just waiting to be found. This photograph of the entrance passage of Quankou Dong near the town of Tongzi leads through to one of those mighty chambers; Cloud Ladder Hall. This photograph shows the view back towards the towering entrance and the main river passage, where we see thick beds of limestone that are visible high in the roof of the cave. #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #China #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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Battling to stay afloat, American speleologist Erin Lynch struggles to pull her way across a raging torrent of white water that relentlessly bombards her. She holds on and crosses the main river in Quankou Dong cave in China and explores the cave beyond. Following very heavy rains these caves in Wulong County are impassable. #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #China #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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An American cave explorer ascends the final section of rope, approximately 300m (1000ft) high above the floor of a giant underground void full of fog. Discovered only a decade ago, we return to Cloud Ladder Hall in China, which ranks as one of the world’s largest cave chambers. How many more of these gigantic rooms exist out there, living in total darkness, just waiting to be found? #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #China #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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I often get asked; what is it like camping in a cave? Most of my experiences of sleeping underground have been in caves in the Tropics and generally hot, humid and heavily vegetated environments. It is for this reason why I would much rather sleep underground, The temperature is cooler than out in the jungle. There are fewer creatures trying to eat you! Plus, camping in a cave saves time traversing back to the entrance at the end of every day, only to have to retrace your steps the following morning to get to your lead to begin the exploration and the mapping. Camping inside a cave is cool! Our camp in San Wang Dong in China was really cosy. I think I enjoyed one of my best nights sleep ever at this camp pictured. #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #China #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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After the water levels recede and the sediment on the floor begins to dry out, cracks appear. They form unusual and fascinating shapes, just like a flagged patio of crazy paving. Here an American cave explorer admires an amazing cracked mud formation on the floor of a passage in the lower section of Gai Dong (cave) in China. #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #China #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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What is exploration? For me, it’s discovering an uncharted world that was previously unknown to us all. Finding Xiao Dong, and being in the first group of people to explore it was truly an honour and a privilege. There are very few places left on our planet where you can be the first to set foot. As cave explorers, we often say that more people have been to the Moon than inside some of the caves we explore. Here, an American speleologist climbs high on a boulder to get a good view of the passage in Xiao Dong, China. #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #China #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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North of the Wujiang River in Wulong county, China, the mountains that surround the small town of Tongzi are riddled with immense cathedral-like caverns and deep vertical pits that seem to go on down forever. This vast area of limestone awaits any intrepid explorer. Light shines all around an American explorer (pictured) as he climbs the rope he installed in the centre of this epic cave shaft known as Xinu Attic. Over the next week, I will upload a photo a day from China’s hidden underworld. Stay tuned for more. #China #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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This photograph shows the nature of the cave immediately beyond the skylight in the photograph I uploaded yesterday. In this picture, one of our team looks up through the mist and fog back to the skylight. We continued our exploration and scrambled down the giant slope of rocks and boulders. We spent the whole day underground and discovered 3km (1.8 miles) of previously unexplored cave passages. Over the next week, I will upload a photo a day from China’s hidden underworld. Stay tuned for more. #China #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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In rural China, the local villagers are always more than happy to help us search for caves. They have worked the land all their lives and often can guide us straight to cave entrances. Pictured here inside Dong Wan Dong, one farmer admires this spectacular giant skylight bursting in from above where a wonderful ray of sunshine illuminates the darkness. I remember he was very keen to lead us through to this spot where the skylight shaft was, but went no further as the cave dropped away down a giant slope of rocks and boulders. He stayed behind and let us go on ahead to explore the blackness. Over the next week, I will upload a photo a day from China’s hidden underworld. Stay tuned for more. #China #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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Most of the caves we have explored in rural China are surrounded by gardens and fields farmed by local villagers like Chen Guo Zi, as seen here sowing seeds. Often cloaked in thin mist and fog, this beautiful karst landscape is situated immediately outside the entrance of San Wang Dong (cave). Over the next week or so, I will upload a photo a day from China’s hidden underworld. Stay tuned for more. #China #cave #explorer #speleo #speleology #landscape #expedition #explore #exploration #caving #caver #letsexplore

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The spiritual land of China is all encompassing. This photograph was captured at sunrise, close to the Tibetan border. We had slept out under the stars whilst traveling nomadically for days and days following an expedition to explore a giant cave system in China’s municipality of Chongqing. Seeing this wondrous sight at the start of a new day was a great way to unwind, relax and heel our aching bodies after so many arduous days underground thrashing around in rocky tunnels and dark passageways. Over the next few weeks I will upload a photo a day from China’s hidden underworld. Stay tuned for more. #China #Tibet #sichuan #landscape #sunrise #lake #mountains #expedition #explore #exploration #camping #sky #reflection

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We emerged from the Geltenbachhöhle late in the evening after a very long day underground. In the light of their headlamps, you can just about make out a figure stood in the entrance of the cave, another abseiling and a third traversing the ice slope below. The whole trip had been a real eye opening experience. It was amazing to see the dedication that Huk and his team have for this project. Eight years since this project started, writer Olivier Christe and I were fortunate to be invited to join the team of explorers on one of their expeditions and what a great expedition it was! Thanks to everyone involved. #climatechange #adventure #explore #exploration #Geltenbach #cave #winter #snow #valley #Kandersteg #Greenpeace #GreenpeaceMagazin #Switzerland @greenpeacemagazin @greenpeaceuk

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As I made my way towards the entrance of Geltenbachhöhle, I looked back and saw Hansueli (aka Huk), the leader of our expedition, squeezing up a short chimney. It was his curiosity that had brought us all here into a small cave high up in the mountainside of Gasterntal valley in Switzerland. We had found the river through the inside of the mountain. Now we had to see where it comes out on the surface. Eight years since this project started, writer Olivier Christe and I were fortunate to be invited to join the team of explorers on one of their expeditions. #climatechange #adventure #explore #exploration #Geltenbach #cave #winter #snow #valley #Kandersteg #Greenpeace #GreenpeaceMagazin #Switzerland @greenpeacemagazin @greenpeaceuk

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With our mission to investigate the hydrology of Geltenbachhöhle complete, we headed back towards the entrance. During the trip we had traversed many arduous passageways, swam through two siphons (or sumps) and descended several shafts. Now we had to retrace our footsteps and climb back out. Eight years since this project started, writer Olivier Christe and I were fortunate to be invited to join the team of explorers on one of their expeditions. #climatechange #adventure #explore #exploration #Geltenbach #cave #winter #snow #valley #Kandersteg #Greenpeace #GreenpeaceMagazin #Switzerland @greenpeacemagazin @greenpeaceuk

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During our exploration of Geltenbachhöhle in Switzerland, we discovered a streamway flowing during the height of winter. It is likely that this is one of the main drainage routes through the karst system that flows all year. In the summer, as the volume of water increases, the cave would normally backflood and find an overflow route through the entrance series, forming the giant waterfall we see outside. The explorers were interested to know more about the main drainage route. They added a green fluorescein dye to the streamway to trace where the water comes out in the valley below. Eight years since this project started, writer Olivier Christe and I were fortunate to be invited to join the team of explorers on one of their expeditions. Stay tuned for more as we unravel this fascinating story. #climatechange #adventure #explore #exploration #Geltenbach #cave #winter #snow #valley #Kandersteg #Greenpeace #GreenpeaceMagazin #Switzerland @greenpeacemagazin @greenpeaceuk

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Having removed all of our diving equipment and left it back at the waters edge, we emerged at a junction some distance beyond the two siphons. The passage ahead contained a river. Had we found Geltenbach's mysterious hidden river? If so, where does it go now? Where in the Gasterntal valley is the resurgence? Eight years since this project started, writer Olivier Christe and I were fortunate to be invited to join the team of explorers on one of their expeditions. Stay tuned for more as we unravel this fascinating story. #climatechange #adventure #explore #exploration #Geltenbach #cave #winter #snow #valley #Kandersteg #Greenpeace #GreenpeaceMagazin #Switzerland @greenpeacemagazin @greenpeaceuk

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Inside Geltenbachhöhle, it is not long before the dry passage becomes a wet passage and we are faced with passing the first of two underwater siphons. Even in winter these two siphons are here. Through the murky water, we negotiated them both without too much trouble and began exploring the far reaches of the cave in search of the hidden Geltenbach river. Approximately 23% of the catchment area for the River Rhein in Switzerland is from karstic areas such as that where Geltenbach cave is located. The term ‘Karst’ simply means water-dissolved limestone. 1/3 of the water in the Rhein in the Swiss city of Basel comes from such karst areas. Eight years since this project started, writer Olivier Christe and I were fortunate to be invited to join the team of explorers on one of their expeditions. Stay tuned for more as we unravel this fascinating story. #climatechange #adventure #explore #exploration #Geltenbach #cave #winter #snow #valley #Kandersteg #Greenpeace #GreenpeaceMagazin #Switzerland @greenpeacemagazin @greenpeaceuk

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After leaving the mountain, the water from Geltenbach cave runs into the River Kander, the Kander into the River Aare, and the Aare into the River Rhein. Glaciers are responsible for only a small amount of water in the River Rhein (2% on average). Most of it is coming from snowmelt and rainfall. Early snowmelts and drier summers will have a strong impact on the water level of the River Rhein. From the entrance of Geltenbach cave, the view is stunning. I can only imagine how fierce and ferocious it must be from this lofty viewpoint throughout the mid summer months when the raging waterfall is gushing out from here. Eight years since this project started, writer Olivier Christe and I were fortunate to be invited to join the team of explorers on one of their expeditions. Stay tuned for more as we unravel this fascinating story. #climatechange #adventure #explore #exploration #Geltenbach #cave #winter #snow #valley #Kandersteg #Greenpeace #GreenpeaceMagazin #Switzerland @greenpeacemagazin @greenpeaceuk

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Following a steep hike over ridges and scree slopes, we arrived at the bottom of a 300m (1000ft) high overhanging wall on a cold crisp February morning. To reach the entrance of Geltenbach cave we had to climb 70m (230ft) up rope. Despite the summer drying of the waterfall the exploration of the cave only takes place in winter when historically water does not pour from the cave. Eight years since this project started, writer Olivier Christe and I were fortunate to be invited to join the team of explorers on one of their expeditions as part of a project for Greenpeace magazine. Stay tuned for more as we unravel this fascinating story. #climatechange #adventure #explore #exploration #Geltenbach #cave #winter #snow #valley #Kandersteg #Greenpeace #Switzerland #greenpeacemagazin @greenpeacemagazin @greenpeaceuk

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Hansueli Kallen (aka ‘Huk’) is one of those people who is curious to see what lies beyond the black hole. In fact, he has spent his whole life doing just that. As a small boy, he observed the seasonal pattern of melt water coming from the cave mouth. In winter the entrance was dry, but throughout the rest of the year a huge waterfall fed by snowmelt and glacier melt water poured from the entrance. Then one day, in autumn 2011, whilst cycling in the valley below, Huk noticed something was different. The waterfall was gone; the cave entrance was completely dry. Since then, Huk and his team have been systematically exploring the cave in order to understand how the hydrology is changing. Eight years since this project started, writer Olivier Christe and I were fortunate to be invited to join the team of explorers on one of their expeditions. Stay tuned for more as we unravel this fascinating story. #climatechange #adventure #explore #exploration #Geltenbach #cave #winter #snow #valley #Kandersteg #Greenpeace #Switzerland #GreenpeaceMagazin @greenpeacemagazin @greenpeaceuk

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A new day has dawned. Today we celebrate Earth Day and fittingly it marks the beginning of a run of photographs from our recently published story in Greenpeace magazine. Throughout the Alps, the glaciers are melting, the spring snowmelt is occurring earlier, and the summers are getting drier. These consequences of climate change can be directly seen at the Geltenbach cave near Kandersteg, in Switzerland. Looking up from the Gasterntal valley, the huge, imposing black hole of the cave entrance, situated high up a steep cliff face, lures the eyes of those with a curiosity for what lies beyond. Eight years since this project started, writer Olivier Christe and I were fortunate to be invited to join the team of explorers on one of their expeditions. Stay tuned for more as we unravel this fascinating story. #climatechange #adventure #explore #exploration #Geltenbach #cave #winter #snow #valley #Kandersteg #earthday🌎 #Greenpeace #Greenpeacemagazin #Switzerland @greenpeacemagazin @greenpeaceuk

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As another Anglo/Sarawak caving expedition is about to get underway to explore the giant caves of Mulu National Park, it is exactly a year ago when we were there, documenting a team of scientists. 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. Here we see the team collecting modern dripwater samples, which will be analyzed for chemistry, and used to help interpret the records of the past. #cavescience #science #geology #climate #rainforest #womeninscience #womeninSTEM #exploration #MuluNationalPark #climatechange #research #Sarawak #Malaysia

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We’ve started work today on an important project I’ve been wanting to do for years and years. 📷: Roman Erler #NaturesIcePalace #HintertuxGlacier #ice #icecrystals #glaciercave #glacier #climatechange #DisappearingGlaciers #TerraMater #MeltingGlaciers @terramatermag

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We are currently in Kandersteg following the work of a Swiss team of explorers. It’s a rare sight to see a photo of me at work due the location I often find myself in, but thanks to the ’Danish Machine’ @janus.jorgensen who shot this picture of me and the camera setup from the other evening, we have one. Thanks Janus for all your help with the rigging! #Repost @janus.jorgensen ・・・ Some days you don’t know what to expect and it turns out to be these days that can open your eyes the most... . Did some normal rigging for a photoshoot, in Geltenbach Höhle with a cool team yesterday. The photographer really opened my eyes to the science there is to be found in caves. Especially with their project regarding dating of climate change in the @greenland_caves . . . #caving #geltenbach #switzerland #kandersteg #climbing #rigging #discover #adventure #alpine #sience

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@NatGeo just hit a massive milestone reaching 100 million followers! As a thanks to you all for supporting them, they are holding a photo competition for the next 24 hours only. To enter, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo onto your own feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on Nat Geo and the winner gets a photo safari trip to Tanzania, courtesy of @natgeoexpeditions. How cool is that! From above and below ground, best of luck everyone.

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Belated happy International Women in Science Day (for yesterday). To all the women in the world that inspire us and continue to push the boundaries in science, I salute you! But especially to my fiancé Prof. Gina Moseley who at the University of Innsbruck is leading a pioneering science project studying caves in Greenland to better understand climate change. This much-needed record of past climate is the first of its type and will contribute significantly to our understanding of long-term climate change in Greenland and the Arctic by covering a time period that is out-of-range of the Greenland ice cores. Good luck Gina with your FWF START grant expedition this summer! You can follow her team at @Greenland_Caves. Photo above is of Gina several years ago sampling sediment from a cave in Sarawak on the Malaysian island of Borneo. A little warmer than Greenland! #internationalwomeninscienceday @uniinnsbruck

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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