A recent visit to my favorite forest preserve
(McKee Marsh in Warrenville, IL, site of the Great Lakes region’s oldest woolly mammoth find) had me listening to a cacaphony of birdsong, bullfrogs, ducks (no echoes) and jet airplane noise.
This set me to thinking; who, at any given time, is making more noise - Man or Mother Nature? That is, who has the greatest volume if air molecules in motion? (not counting, of course, the sound of moving air molecules as wind).
On this hand we have automobile traffic, the aformentioned airplane noise, old hippies blasting Surrealistic Pillow and thousands of Chinese jumping off chairs and screaming at the tops of their lungs.
Momma N. has ceaseless thunderstorms, rustling foliage, dull roars of mosquitos and other insect buddies and waves crashing on beaches going for her.
I realize this will generate some wild-assed guesses, but is anyone into chaos theory or are any computer models applicable to this question?