One Square Inch of Silence

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One Square Inch of Silence is a noise control project symbolized by a small red stone symbolically placed in Hoh Rainforest at Olympic National Park in 2005 by author and sound recording specialist Gordon Hempton.[1][2][3] The stone's location has been called "the quietest place in the United States".[4][5][6] According to commercial pilot Philip Greenspun, some airlines have voluntarily rerouted flights to avoid inducing noise pollution at the square inch.[1] Hempton has formed a foundation to prevent jet aircraft noise in Olympic National Park and other parks.[4][7]

Hempton's works, including One Square Inch of Silence, were covered in the 2010 documentary Soundtracker which debuted at the Sedona Film Festival.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Greenspun, Philip (August 31, 2013), Book Review: One Square Inch of Silence
  2. ^ Baskas, Harriet (2007), Washington Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities and Other Offbeat Stuff (Second ed.), Globe Pequot, pp. 104–105, ISBN 9780762742356
  3. ^ Baurick, Tristan (August 27, 2013), "Silence slipping away: Gordon Hempton has devoted his life to preserving silence in nature. Now losing his hearing, his mission isn't over.", Kitsap Sun
  4. ^ a b Richard, Terry (May 31, 2013), "One Square Inch of Silence in Olympic National Park's Hoh River Valley a place of quiet", The Oregonian
  5. ^ Bullinger, Jake (May 18, 2014), "Desperately seeking silence: Quest for quiet leads to Hoh Rain Forest. It's getting tougher all the time to find refuge from human-made noise. One man is trying to preserve a place of quiet in Olympic National Park.", Tacoma News Tribune
  6. ^ Sedgley, Adam (July 8, 2013), "Gordon Hempton's One Square Inch of Silence", BirdNote blog
  7. ^ "Charitable Solicitations Program Charity Profile Report One Square Inch Of Silence Foundation, registration #28832", Charities directory, Olympia, Washington: Washington Secretary of State, retrieved 2014-12-15
  8. ^ Goodman, Leslee (September 2010), "Quiet, Please: Gordon Hempton On The Search For Silence In A Noisy World", The Sun (417)
  9. ^ Soundtracker at IMDb

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Coordinates: 47°51′57.5″N 123°52′13.3″W / 47.865972°N 123.870361°W / 47.865972; -123.870361