One Square Inch of Twilight

My daughter is reading (and re-reading) the Twilight novels and I am reading One Square Inch of Silence, a book by Emmy Award-winning acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton.

Coincidence?  You decide.  Forks, Washington, the setting for the Twilight novels, is only 31 miles from “One Square Inch of Silence,” the quietest place in the United States. One Square Inch was designated on Earth Day 2005 to protect and manage the natural soundscape in the Olympic National Park backcountry wilderness. The logic is simple; if a loud noise, such as that made by a passing aircraft, can impact many square miles, then a natural place, if maintained in a 100% noise-free condition, will also impact many square miles around it.

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