Listening to nature: How sound can help us understand environmental change

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Our hearing tells us of a car approaching from behind, unseen, or a bird in a distant forest.

  • Garth Paine
  • The Conversation

Everything vibrates, and sound passes through and around us all the time. Sound is a critical environmental signifier.

Increasingly, we are learning that humans and animals are not the only organisms that use sound to communicate.

So do plants and forests. Plants detect vibrations in a frequency-selective manner, using this “hearing” sense to find water by sending out acoustic emissions and to communicate threats.

We also know that clear verbal communication is critical, but is…

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