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THE BOOK CLIFFS & SOUNDSCAPE ECOLOGY                                        LINK TO THE AMAZON

 

In the field of acoustic ecology, sounds are classified in three distinct categories, biophony, geophony, and anthrophony, meaning noise from the animals, sound from the natural world (waterfalls/wind/glaciers) and sound from humans. Soundscape ecology looks at the relation of these sources in a given environment and the effect on the organisms within that environment.  

The Book Cliffs is a high plains desert which means it is very quiet.  In recent years a proliferation of shale oil mining fills has actually created quite a din of noise, and because of the topography and frequency of sound emitted from the wells, the noise is able to travel for miles.  

SHALE OIL DRILL 

MAP OF SHALE OIL WELLS IN THE USA

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DESOLATION CANYON 

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