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8 of the Quietest Places on Earth (Slideshow)

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1. Samboja Lestari, Borneo

For decades, the tropical rain forests of the world’s third largest island were logged at an alarming rate. In the town of Samboja, deforestation, climate change, floods, droughts and fires ravaged this precious ecosystem — it was so bad, that the flora and fauna native to the area were on the brink of extinction. That is until, in 2001, when the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation began buying up land in the area and began the process of returning it to its natural state. Though the forest has not been fully restored, it is one of the best places on earth to hear the howl of the native orangutans far away from the noise of logging and farming.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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3:19PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Kamia is absolutely spot on!

11:47AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

I feel ambiguous about all of these places being listed, because sure enough, as soon as people hear about the, there goes the quietness. Beautiful photos, though.

5:20AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Thanks - great photographic essay! Loved the twist at the end!

4:42PM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Beautiful, but I doubt I'll ever visit any of them.

8:20PM PDT on May 27, 2013

Silence is golden! Great photos, thanks.

11:50AM PDT on May 15, 2013

so pretty. all of them (except maybe the last one)

12:57PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Thank you Katie for a glimpse of these most wonderous places that remain untouched. I would like to see the Hoh Valley in Washington State., but without any roads it would not be possible. It reminds me very much of the Great Bear Rain Forest of Southern British Columbia. There are also no roads, but there are many rivers, channels, streams and fjords. The growth is as lush, tropical, and velvety.

3:06PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Beautiful nature! I am surprised these places still exist untouched by humans...

11:16AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Chciałabym zobaczyć wszystkie te miejsca, no może z wyjątkiem tego sztucznego laboratorium.

6:43PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

BLISS!

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