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ASIAEx 2001

Sounds from the South China Sea

The "Shark of Science" hydrophone array sled.

Source Signals We Used

Actual sounds from the ocean floor (all amplified 300 times louder)
  • The sound of a South China Sea fishing vessel.
  • The sound of common light bulb implosion that we used for hydrophone localization, heard from over 1 kilometer away.
  • The sound of a hydrophone being dragged over the sandy bottom by strong internal waves.
  • The sound of a shackle hitting our top float after an internal wave went by.
  • The sound of a local fisherman, fishing with explosives.

A look at the frequency spectrum and a description of these sounds

Last updated: June 23, 2011

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