At first glance, you may think you’re looking at a sci-fi movie set, but it’s actually the Obir Tropfsteinh cave in Eastern Austria. That’s right, “scientists are also painstakingly mapping the movement of water through billions of years of rocks in the Alps of Austria – they use a fluorescent dye which can be traced through the underground reservoirs to the source.” Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

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British photographer Robbie Shone plunged hundreds of feet into the ground to accompany the scientists as they navigated the maze of giant crystals and rock formations. Robbie, 32, from Manchester, said: ‘Caves are difficult, unforgiving and arduous environment. The cave is black with no light so you have to mind where you step.’ Despite the dangers, Robbie crawled through cracks int he caves to capture the stunning images.

He added: ‘People are amazed at the pictures because the majority can never imagine themselves going down into a cave themselves and are gobsmacked when they see what lies beneath their feet. ‘Caves are very rarely seen in this way as the cave explorer only uses a small head torch to illuminate the way ahead, not the big flash lights we use to make the pictures.’

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