Soundscapes Quiz


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Soundscapes Quiz

Question 1 of 10.

What organism makes this sound?

Ants
Squirrel
Lizard
Fish

This recording is from a leaf cutter ant colony in the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica. These ants extract leaves from nearby trees and farm a fungus that grows on the leaves in their underground colonies! You are also hearing some friction from the microphone being lowered into the ant mound. Photo By: Matt Mcgillivray

Question 2 of 10.

What ecosystem is this recording from?

Corn Field
Tundra
Forest
Wetland

There are several passerine birds (the American robin, for example) in this recording, along with the sounds from a nearby stream.

Question 3 of 10.

What time of year is this recording from?

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

The sounds of the spring peeper frog are very common during the months of February through April in the American Midwest, defining the sonic landscape (aka soundscape) of the season for many people who live in the region.

Question 4 of 10.

Where might you hear this sound?

Factory
Kitchen
Volcano
Cave

Recorded by a graduate student in the Center for Global Soundscapes, these popping sounds are from a frying pan and the scraping of a spatula against the pan. Photo by: Nan Palmero

Question 5 of 10.

In what ecosystem would you find this sound?

Plains
Desert
Jungle
Tundra

Contrary to common perception, deserts are not dead – nor are they silent! Deserts contain amazing sounds, especially during the early morning, including the buzz from a variety of insects in this Sonoran Desert recording. Photo By: Robb Hannawacker

Question 6 of 10.

At what elevation would you hear these sounds?

0 m
1,000 m
5,000 m
10,000 m

These are the sounds of waves washing up on a rocky beach located along the coast of Rhode Island. Photo By: David Smith

Question 7 of 10.

What kind of location would this soundscape be from?

Mountain
Downtown
Marina
Mines

The sound of the bus, braking as it comes to a stop, gives this answer away. This question is one people most often answer correctly. We are indeed an urban species!

Question 8 of 10.

What kind of animal makes this sound? (Hint: This sound is very common in the Borneo lowland forest.)

Dog
Insect
Gecko
Fish

Locals call this a barking gecko, and if you listen carefully, it does sound like a dog. The paleotropical rainforests of Borneo are full of species that mimic one another, so a lot of research on animal mimicry has been conducted in this ecosystem, which is over 100 million years old! Photo By: Bernard Dupont

Question 9 of 10.

What term have soundscape ecologists used to describe this general class of sounds present in nearly all soundscapes?

Biophony
Geophony
Anthrophony
Cacophony

This is the sound of running water, recorded in a Borneo stream. The term geophony arises from the study of sounds produced by the geophysical environment (hence geo) and the arrangement of these sounds in acoustic space (phony). Photo By: Tim Parkinson

Question 10 of 10.

This organism has adapted its call so that the sound can effectively penetrate the ambient background sounds of rain. What kind of organism is it?

Toucan
Sun Bird
Gecko
Frog

Animal calls have evolved so that they can be transmitted through common ambient sounds like rain and wind. Notice the sharp sounds of these tropical tree frogs (about three species are present in this recording). Photo By: Jan Hazevoet

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