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Increasing Oceanic Noise

Author: Ellie Wang

Editor: Kira Tian

Artist: Cici Zhang

Amidst waste and warming water, there is another environmental issue affecting oceans: the increasing levels of anthropogenic, or human-caused, noise. It may seem trivial, but discerning sound is a way for aquatic organisms to communicate and navigate in the oceans. Without the natural soundscape of the oceans to follow, organisms are left under great stress. In addition, the increased noise can cause direct harm to organisms, injuring or even killing them.

First, what does anthropogenic noise consist of? Some of the noise is the b