There was once a beautiful, lush land called Lincoln Meadow, which is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
This is what it sounded like in 1988, when sound recordist Bernie Krause turned on his gear to capture the environment:
It's very depressing to see/hear the differences between the resonant and vibrant before human transformation and after. It's like the place is sick and the voice expresses sadness. I never know quite how to handle the impact. I just wish I was more alcohol or drug tolerant.
One year later, the difference in the ecosystem is shocking.
Bye planet Earth, thanks for the memories.
Julia Furlan is the Supervising Producer of the BuzzFeed Audio PodSquad and is based in New York.