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Subject: RE: Elephants and low frequency sound communi cation
From: "Ranft, Richard" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 15:04:01 +0100
I have read bits of Katy Payne's. It has almost no information on techniques
and equipment.  For this you must read the original research papers, e.g.:
Langbauer, W. R. (1993). Elephant infrasound: integrating zoo and field
studies. AAZPA (Am. Assoc Zool Parks Aquariums) Reg Conf Proc.
Ben-Ari, E. T. (1999). "A throbbing in the air: The discovery of infrasonic
communication among elephants has given researchers a whole new way of
hearing things. Bioscience, 49, 353-359." .
Payne, K. B., W. R. J. Langbauer, et al. (1986). "Infrasonic calls of the
asian elephant (elephas maximus)." Behav Ecol Sociobiol 18: 297-301.
The following is a useful review of technical info.:
Pye, J. D. (1998). Ultrasound and infrasound. pp 221-249 in Hopp, Owren et
al, eds. Animal acoustic communication: sound analysis and research methods.
Berlin, Springer-Verlag: 

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Syd Curtis 
> Sent: 12 April 2002 14:08
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> Subject: [Nature Recordists] Elephants and low frequency sound
> communication
> Has anyone on Naturerecordists read the book "Silent Thunder: 
> The Hidden
> Voice of Elephants"?  (Or written it? Are you a 
> naturerecordists subscriber,
> Katy Payne?)
> Does the author, I wonder, cover in any detail, the equipment 
> and technique
> for recording and studying these low frequency sounds?
> Syd Curtis in Brisbane Australia

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