[Image: Antarctica by Christopher Michel].
I’ve written about the sounds of Antarctica before, but, as it happens, we can now listen directly to “an acoustic live stream of the Antarctic underwater soundscape.”
This “live stream” is recorded via hydrophones attached to “an autonomous, wind and solar powered observatory located on the Ekström ice shelf.” The observatory is called PALAOA – the PerenniAL Acoustic Observatory in the Antarctic Ocean – and its purpose is “to record the underwater soundscape in the vicinity of the shelf ice edge over the duration of several years.”
Bizarrely, the Institute reminds us that “this transmission is not meant for entertainment” – it is meant “for scientific research.” Twenty-five people sitting around in a Manhattan apartment, popping open some more wine at 2am, listening to the sounds of Antarctica. Or next year’s Super Bowl half-time show: an acoustic live stream of the Antarctic underwater soundscape.
Adrenalin goes through the roof.