National Park Service Releases Sound Map

After going through 1.5 million hours of sound recordings, the NPS has released a map detailing the quietest natural spots in the U.S. Here's hoping the publicity doesn't destroy the very thing being studied! But it's a positive step in the field of bio-acoustics. Sometimes we get so caught up in visuals we forget to tune into all the wonders we can't see.

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Land of Pu-erh: Tea Fields of Xishuangbanna, China

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Camellia sinensis, the Chinese tea plant, has been cultivated for thousands of years in the subtropics of Yunnan, considered by many to be the birthplace of the ancient drink. Tea is many things here: stimulant, medicine, occupation, and centerpiece of everyday ceremony. Life in these humid parts is, you might say, steeped in it. The tea known as pu-erh is...

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