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    The Alfred Wegener Institute carries out research in the Arctic and Antarctic as well as in the high and mid latitude oceans.

    Providing an acoustic live stream of the Antarctic underwater soundscape is a formidable challange. After all, more than 15000 km lie between Antarctica and our institute in Germany. Underwater sound is recorded by means of two hydrophones by PALAOA, an autonomous, wind and solar powered observatory located on the Ekström ice shelf (Boebel et al., 2006). The data stream is transmitted via wireless LAN from PALAOA to the German Neumayer Base. From there, a permanent satellite link transmits the data to the AWI in Germany. A constant hiss pervading the signal is the natural, isotropic background noise made audible here through the use of ultra sensitive hydrophones. Additional broad band noise caused by wind, waves and currents adds to it on occasion. Due to the limited bandwith of the satellite link, jamming of the WLAN link due to storms, or energy shortage, the connection might temporarily be down or scrammed. In this case, please dial in later!


    Listen here.
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    it's a very awesome idea, but the stream itself was pretty uneventful and dull until JUST now there was some huge crack of thunder or something. it's almost like listening to a very light rainfall that occasionally throws something interesting at you...
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    I only heard a few things - there is another link on the site to a different stream.
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    This is, of course, all part of our worldwide network of monitoring stations designed as an early warning system for the impending return of the Great Old Ones. Not that it'll help any....