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Atlas Obscura This Land Art Cuts Airport Noise Pollution in Half

It’s always a pain to live next to an airport, but the problem is amplified when you live in the Netherlands, a country that is as flat as a stroopwafel. When a fifth runway was added to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in 2003, the local populous decided that enough was enough and demanded that the city did something to fix its noise pollution.

The tricky thing about dampening airport noise is that the noise is a very low frequency with a very long wavelength, around 36 feet, so a simple barricade will do little to stop the drone. But in 2008, airport staff noticed that noise levels were reduced every fall by an unsuspecting phenomenon: plowed fields. After examining the scene, they discovered that the ridges and furrows of the field were spaced in a way that they partially silenced the hum.

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