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It is an independent research project located in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park, which is one of the most pristine, untouched, and ecologically diverse environments in the United States. If nothing is done to preserve and protect this quiet place from human noise intrusions, natural quiet may be non-existent in our world in the next 10 years. Silence is a part of our human nature, which can no longer be heard by most people.

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Renowned acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has declared that there are only, at most, 12 places in the US where one can go without hearing any human caused noise. Hempton records soundscapes and has travelled across the world three separate times to capture the sounds and rhythms of nature. The quiet which he sets out to capture is not silence, as some might assume, but rather the quiet that is created by the sound of pure nature, void of any and all manmade noise. His work has caused him to state that there may only be twelve of these quiet places left in the continental United States, although ten is the more likely number. Hempton will only reveal three locations where one can find absolute quiet. He believes anonymity to be the only power at his disposal to ensure the preservation of the the remaining locations, thus the rest are known only to Hempton. Anyone who has spent time completely engrossed by nature knows that it creates an inimitable feeling of both comfort and transcendence.

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy. He dubbed his miniature cairn One Square Inch of Silence. If he could keep the rock free of human noise pollution, Hempton reasoned, many surrounding square miles would be free of it, too. Hempton, now 66, lives in the small town of Joyce, less than 15 miles from the park. Then, last year, the U.

But according to researchers there actually is no place on Earth free from human sound. So, where to go best if you really need some peace and quiet? Meaning: areas with at least 15 minute intervals free from human noise. In Olympic National Park, deep in the Hoh Rainforest, you can find this pure, untouched, ecologically diverse and quiet environment. And therefore he is right, we think.

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Forgot Password? The most endangered sound on Earth doesn't come from a near-extinct animal or an outmoded form of transportation — it's silence. Accessible only after a 3-mile hike away from roads and visitors centers and into moss-coated hardwoods, fern-covered forest floors, and small babbling brooks, is a small pebble atop a fallen log, signifying one of the quietest places in the United States. The kicker? It's only one square inch. An independent research project created by acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, One Square Inch of Silence relies on the concept that if one source of noise can permeate for miles into the surrounding landscape, one black hole of silence can do the same thing, reducing noise for miles around. Designated in Earth Day in , Hempton chose the park for its lack of roads and aircraft, and for its diversity of natural environments — everything from beaches to deep rainforest to alpine glaciers can be found in Olympic, which makes it a haven of natural sound.


  1. Kari B. says:

    In , Gordon Hempton placed a small stone on a log in the Hoh Rainforest of Washington’s Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in the world. If he could keep the rock free of human noise pollution, Hempton reasoned, many surrounding square miles would be free of it.

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