The Sound of Global Warming

Our planet has been undergoing quite a few noticeable changes the past few decades. One of the biggest and most noticeable of these changes is the melting of the planet’s glaciers. Scientists and artists have been making an effort to document this process. polar bear for blog post with font

One way they’ve done this is by recording the sounds of the melting ice. You can read an article curated by Motherboard that provides a really great overview of the different individuals and projects involved in the recording of melting glaciers.

Depending on your expectations of what the sound of a melting glacier may sound like, some of these recordings could surprise you.

There are no huge, ear shattering explosions or anything like that. In fact, most of the recordings are minimal. The sound of icicles dripping … The sound of rushing streams … Ice melting in a cave …

Recordings like this are useful for a number of reasons. For one, they further expand the uses of hydrophonic technoloy as well as other kinds of technology. After all, sonic data on melting glaciers is still data, right?