08 Dec '11, 5am

Western Soundscape Archive Preserves the Sounds of Nature

Western Soundscape Archive Preserves the Sounds of Nature

Once upon a time, stepping outside was all one needed to do to become immersed in the sounds of nature -- though for most people nowadays, with the din of traffic and other auditory distractions ever-present, chances of hearing those sounds are fewer and far between. But worry not, city dweller. Thanks to an impressive collection of environmental recordings available online at the Western Soundscape Archive , the myriad of sounds in nature -- from the barks of a badger to the songs of a blue whale , and plenty more in between -- are available with the mere click of a mouse. The Western Soundscape Archive (WSA) was established by the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library back in 2007 to compile animal calls and the ambient sounds of natural environments, focusing primarily on the western region of North America as well as the Arctic. So far the archive has collec...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/audio-archive-...

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