A Map Of America’s Noise Levels

February 18, 2015 6:12 PM

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If you're looking for a quiet getaway, you might take a bit of very old advice and head for the west. This map, showing the quietest places in the contiguous United States, was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. To some extent, the results aren't surprising--big cities are definitely more noisy than rural mountainous areas, but it is nice to know that quiet places still exist.

The map was created for the National Park Service's Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, which is dedicated to preserving quiet, dark places in national parks. Led by bioacoustics researcher Kurt Fristrup, the team used 1.5 million hours of recordings taken at 600 monitoring sites across the cou...

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