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National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)

Noisy Gas Well Site in Northern New Mexico

Caption: To find out what animal responses to noise might mean for plants, the researchers conducted a series of experiments from 2007 to 2010 in the Bureau of Land Management's Rattlesnake Canyon Wildlife Area in northwestern New Mexico. The region is home to thousands of natural gas wells, many of which -- such as the one shown here -- are coupled with noisy compressors that run day and night, every day of the year.

Credit: Photo courtesy of Clinton Francis.

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