Green Bank, West Virginia

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Green Bank
Census-designated place
Dale Cambridge
Green Bank is located in West Virginia
Green Bank
Green Bank
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°25′12″N 79°49′53″W / 38.42000°N 79.83139°W / 38.42000; -79.83139Coordinates: 38°25′12″N 79°49′53″W / 38.42000°N 79.83139°W / 38.42000; -79.83139
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Pocahontas
Area[1]
 • Total 3.276 sq mi (8.48 km2)
 • Land 3.276 sq mi (8.48 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 143
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Green Bank is a census-designated place in Pocahontas County in West Virginia's Potomac Highlands inside the Allegheny Mountain Range. Green Bank is located along WV 28. Green Bank is also close to the Snowshoe Mountain ski resort. As of the 2010 census, its population was 143.[2]

Located within the National Radio Quiet Zone, it is home to the Green Bank Telescope, the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope, which is operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). It was at the NRAO, in 1960, that Frank Drake presented the Drake Equation, which was developed to provide an estimate of the total number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy.

Bruce Bosley, a four-time All-Pro for the San Francisco 49ers and a standout player at West Virginia in the 1950s, starred as running back at the now-shuttered Green Bank High School.

With Green Bank being located within the Quiet Zone, many people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity are finding new homes within its borders.[3][4] Escape from cellular radiation is the main attraction to Green Bank for these people.[5] As of 2013, an estimated 36 people have moved to Green Bank to escape the effects of electromagnetic hypersensitivity.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: Evidence for a novel neurological syndrome. D.E. McCarty, S. Carrubba, A.L. Chesson, Jr., C. Frilot II, E. Gonzalez-Toledo & A.A. Marino. Int. J. Neurosci. 121:670–676, 2011. [PDF file]. (Introduction, an MP3 audio file).
  4. ^ O'Brien, Jane; Danzico, Matt (September 12, 2011). "'Wi-fi refugees' shelter in West Virginia mountains". BBC News. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kristin Fisher (27 February 2013). "Wireless Refugees: 'Cell Phones, WiFi Making Us Sick'". WUSA Channel 9 (transcript of television news feature). Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Joseph Stromberg (April 12, 2013). "Refugees of the Modern World". Retrieved April 12, 2013.