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Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
Welcome to the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S.
The quietest inch isn’t a sound vacuum. It represents a place with a minimum of human-made noise. The discipline of acoustic ecology, which is dedicated to understanding the natural sounds that come through loud and clear when we’re not around, outlines an important distinction between sound and noise.
CAN CRESTED BUTTE, COLO. LEARN TO SHARE THE SLATE VALLEY?
Backcountry Magazine Excerpt:
Over the ensuing 25 years, traffic along the Slate has boomed alongside Crested Butte’s own population and the town’s reputation as a winter sports mecca. Today, a typical winter scene on snow-covered Slate River Road might see snowmobiles laden with skis, commercial dog sled operations with tourists in tow, cross-country skiers from the nearby Nordic center, fat bikers with hands stuffed in oversized gloves and even townspeople walking dogs on the firmly packed snow….
How can we protect silence?
As the global population soars, cities and towns sprawl out, and roads stretch into even the most remote parts the world, quiet is becoming increasingly scarce. The noise of buzz saws and trucks infiltrate deep into the Amazon rainforest. The blast of ship horns ring out over the Arctic Ocean. The U.S. has become a highly developed landscape, with just a fraction of its original wilderness remaining, split up into parks and protected areas. Now, even in these refuges, cars, planes, motorboats, helicopters and crowds contribute to the growing din….