Scenes from underground

Source: The Atlantic |

(QNO) - Caves and tunnels have always been part of human life. We've grown more adept at shaping these underground shelters and passages over the millennia, and today we dig for hundreds of reasons. We excavate to find both literal and cultural treasures, digging mines, and unearthing archaeological discoveries. We use caverns for stable storage, for entertainment, and for an effective shelter from natural and man-made disasters. And as the planet's surface becomes ever more crowded, and national borders are closed, tunnels provide pathways for our vehicles and for smugglers of every kind. Collected below are more recent subterranean scenes from around the world.

Members of the public visit the Main Chamber of Gaping Gill, the largest underground cavern in Britain naturally open to the surface, near Ingleton, England, on May 26, 2015. At a depth of almost 100 meters from the surface, and with a volume comparable to the nave of York Minister, trips into Gaping Gill cavern are offered twice a year to members of the public alternatively by Bradford Pothole Club and Craven Pothole Club. #  Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty
Members of the public visit the Main Chamber of Gaping Gill, the largest underground cavern in Britain naturally open to the surface, near Ingleton, England, on May 26, 2015. At a depth of almost 100 meters from the surface, and with a volume comparable to the nave of York Minister, trips into Gaping Gill cavern are offered twice a year to members of the public alternatively by Bradford Pothole Club and Craven Pothole Club. # Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty
An interior view of Barrikadnaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, on February 25, 2016. #  Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters
An interior view of Barrikadnaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, on February 25, 2016. # Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters
A train passes through a tunnel in the rocks as people walk the foot-path “El Caminito del Rey,” or King's little path, a narrow walkway hanging and carved on the steep walls of a defile in Ardales near Malaga, Spain, on March 15, 2015. #  Jorge Guerrero / AFP / Getty
A train passes through a tunnel in the rocks as people walk the foot-path “El Caminito del Rey,” or King's little path, a narrow walkway hanging and carved on the steep walls of a defile in Ardales near Malaga, Spain, on March 15, 2015. # Jorge Guerrero / AFP / Getty
A construction crane slowly lowers a segment of the tunnel drilling machine ‘Selina’ into the circular excavation pit to depth of 24 meters at a construction site for a new tunnel underneath the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, on February 4, 2016. #  Boris Roessler / dpa / Corbis
A construction crane slowly lowers a segment of the tunnel drilling machine ‘Selina’ into the circular excavation pit to depth of 24 meters at a construction site for a new tunnel underneath the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, on February 4, 2016. # Boris Roessler / dpa / Corbis
The pool room in an underground bar in the Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy, Australia, on October 22, 2015. #  Mark Kolbe / Getty
The pool room in an underground bar in the Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy, Australia, on October 22, 2015. # Mark Kolbe / Getty
A tunnel along the Canal Saint-Martin which runs between Bastille and Republique in Paris, on July 16, 2015. #  Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty
A tunnel along the Canal Saint-Martin which runs between Bastille and Republique in Paris, on July 16, 2015. # Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty
Vistors swim in the To Sua Ocean Trench on September 12, 2015, in Lotofaga, Samoa. The To Sua Ocean Trench with a literal translation in English of
Vistors swim in the To Sua Ocean Trench on September 12, 2015, in Lotofaga, Samoa. The To Sua Ocean Trench with a literal translation in English of "large swimming hole" is a 30 meter deep hole connected via underground canals to the ocean, located in the Lotofaga village on the south coast of Upolu island. # Mark Kolbe / Getty
Bats hang from the roof of a cave in Mikulov, Czech Republic, on March 9, 2015. #  Radek Mica / AFP / Getty
Bats hang from the roof of a cave in Mikulov, Czech Republic, on March 9, 2015. # Radek Mica / AFP / Getty
This October 13, 2015 photo shows a subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia. The station's ornate decor includes chandeliers, columns and paneled ceilings. #  Cara Anna / AP
This October 13, 2015 photo shows a subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia. The station's ornate decor includes chandeliers, columns and paneled ceilings. #
Cara Anna / AP
Visitors to the Lowline Lab inspect the plants growing under a solar canopy on February 27, 2016, in New York. Optical devices capture focus and distribute full spectrum light it into a solar canopy that then distributes the sunlight inside the warehouse. The Lowline Lab, an experimental phase in the creation of an underground park on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is free and open to the public on weekend days through June 2016. #  Mary Altaffer / AP
Visitors to the Lowline Lab inspect the plants growing under a solar canopy on February 27, 2016, in New York. Optical devices capture focus and distribute full spectrum light it into a solar canopy that then distributes the sunlight inside the warehouse. The Lowline Lab, an experimental phase in the creation of an underground park on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is free and open to the public on weekend days through June 2016. # Mary Altaffer / AP
Tourists visit in a limestone cave in Xinglong County of north China's Hebei Province, on November 28, 2015. #  Liu Huanyu / Xinhua Press / Corbis
Tourists visit in a limestone cave in Xinglong County of north China's Hebei Province, on November 28, 2015. # Liu Huanyu / Xinhua Press / Corbis
Tourists visit a coal mine re-purposed as a tourist attraction at Gutuo Village on January 6, 2016 in Handan, Hebei Province, China. #  ChinaFotoPress / Getty
Tourists visit a coal mine re-purposed as a tourist attraction at Gutuo Village on January 6, 2016 in Handan, Hebei Province, China. # ChinaFotoPress / Getty
The salt storeroom at the K+S mine in Philippsthal (Werra), Germany, on August 29, 2015. #  Thomas Lohnes / AFP / Getty
The salt storeroom at the K+S mine in Philippsthal (Werra), Germany, on August 29, 2015. # Thomas Lohnes / AFP / Getty
An employee drives inside a tunnel of the construction site of a metro line in Rennes, France, on October 23, 2015. #  Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP / Getty
An employee drives inside a tunnel of the construction site of a metro line in Rennes, France, on October 23, 2015. # Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP / Getty
A Greek Orthodox monk prepares breakfast at Our Lady of Hamatoura Monastery in northern Lebanon on March 8, 2016. The monastery's history goes back to the fifth century. It faced destruction and persecution during the Mamluk and Ottoman eras and was restored in 1994. #  Patrick Baz / AFP / Getty
A Greek Orthodox monk prepares breakfast at Our Lady of Hamatoura Monastery in northern Lebanon on March 8, 2016. The monastery's history goes back to the fifth century. It faced destruction and persecution during the Mamluk and Ottoman eras and was restored in 1994. # Patrick Baz / AFP / Getty

Source: The Atlantic