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8 of the Quietest Places on Earth (Slideshow)

 

8. The Science Lab: the (Artificially) Quietest Place on Earth

There is silence and then there’s silence. This Minnesota-based laboratory blocks out a whopping 99.99% of all sound. It’s so quiet that you have to sit down, because the sounds you make when you’re moving are blocked out and make it difficult to balance. The longer you’re in there, though, the more you can hear your body’s internal workings: your heart beating, your stomach gurgling, maybe even the sound of your lungs. As cool as that sounds, visitors to this anechoic chamber find it deeply unsettling. In fact, the longest anyone has ever lasted in the chamber was 45 minutes. Your brain begins to hallucinate sounds afteer some time in such utter silence.

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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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