Extreme environments are the outliers through which the full breadth of Earth’s forcing phenomena can be observed, and as such, in the context of a rapidly evolving climate, the response of fragile arid systems is of particular interest to scientific communities aiming to understand an uncertain future. Two such seismic projects, in Antarctica and the New Mexico desert, have spawned art-science collaborations demonstrating how an interdisciplinary approach to sound and seismic waves can bridge the gap between the arts and environmental sciences, envisioning a practice where environmental concerns meet, relate, and resonate.

Each soul knows the infinite – knows all – but confusedly. It is like walking on the seashore and hearing the great noise of the sea: I hear the particular noises of each wave, of which the whole noise is composed, but without distinguishing them. –G. W. Leibniz (1714)

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