Shh! America's loudest, quietest places

February 17, 2015 8:15 PM

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(NEWSER) -- Scientists have put 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring to an interesting use: They paired them with data on overhead air traffic and average summer precipitation and turned a computer program loose on the info. The result: a detailed map of America's loudest and quietest places.

Science News reports that because the map is relaying the average, the noise level is louder than what's shown about half the time. And while it may come as no surprise that cities tend to experience average noise levels of 50 to 60 decibels, some of the most remote places still get incredibly quiet...

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