This text is about, as the heading states, noise pollution. The writer starts off this passage with a small story to explain where her argument may be leading to. This is written to inform us about how noise pollution has affected wilderness and the fact that no place is safe from ‘human noises’ that is causing noise pollution and harm to species that have a habit in these forests.
At first the writer states how quiet the forest is by comparing it to hearing your own heart beat. “It’s really a quiet experience, you’re almost hearing your own heart beat.” (lines 4-5)
But this peaceful picture was immediately ruined after the writer stated that a jet flew by every 30 minutes. It’s like she couldn’t escape these noises even if she wanted to. “It’s shocking right? You’re in the middle of nowhere, yet you still can’t escape the sounds of humans.” (lines 6-7)
The writer, Sarah Kaplan, has now started to dive deeper into the current issues of the world which is pollution, more specifically, noise pollution. She has started off by stating how hard it can be to measure sound as it can not be detected by a satellite. “Unlike smog or light, sound cant be detected from a satellite.” instead to measure the sound they need to hike and put up sound detectors by hand.
She had stated that they are protected areas that are kept away from unnatural sounds such as the sounds of cars and jets etc. but the 63 percent of that ‘protected area’ has been exposed to noise pollution. “63 percent of the protected areas experienced at least a three-decibel increase in sound levels caused by noise pollution.”
The critical Habitat of endangered species experienced “10 extra decibels of sound, and 14 percent of the critical habitats were in the 10 decibel category.”
The writer then goes to explain how noise pollution can be caused. “Growling car engines children shrieking nearby, mining and drilling taking place miles away.”
Animals rely on hearing, such as a deer can be warned of his predator by hearing soft noise of the movement of bushes. “Animals heavily rely on their ability to hear minute natural noises.” “Noise pollution may cover up those sounds.”
Noise pollution also makes it difficult for plants to grow. Noise pollution can scare away birds that would help in transporting seeds and pollination. (paragraph 12). “We’re realizing more and more and how essential it is to things you wouldn’t expect.”
In the conclusion the writer has stated that animals are in danger because of human activities and really affects that growth and ecosystem.
The writer has written down a perfect piece of explanation on how noise pollution affects wilderness and nature, how it can be harmful, and how it can really affect lives of animals and plants. She has included research and a small story of her own experience to clear up her explanation.