I find this news — a waypoint in the progression of our environment — more than a little poignant:
Researchers at Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon have spent the past two years documenting the park’s natural sound. Often, microphones will pick up the sound of falling trees, elks snacking and coyotes howling.
In even the most remote parts of the park, however, researchers are also hearing airplane noise 15 percent of the time.
Setting up temporary recording stations in 20 different locations, technicians say that there’s virtually no place left in America that’s untouched by ambient human noise — and that this may be stressful to wildlife.1
Seems to me this is something that’s happened in my lifetime. I can clearly remember stomping around the woods of Missouri in my youth, undisturbed by anything remotely like trains or planes or automobiles. Whether or not the inescapable sound of human technology is stressful to wildlife, I’ve little doubt it’s stressful to people. Sometimes you just wanna get away, right?
And, briefly noted:
- Fifty more earth-like planets on the list! How are we to know which the little green men are coming from?
- Oh, crap. Seagulls are pooping resistant bacteria on beaches.
- Emphasis mine. [↩]