Thinking about how animals communicate at a distance, and was reminded about elephants feet. Vibrations made by elephants feet can travel up to 20 miles, and elephants feet are sensitive enough to pick up those vibrations as communication from other elephants. Seismic communication is more stable than through sound which can be more easily effected by wind strength and direction.

Elephant feet made for talking? (BBC News)

“Elephants pick up good vibrations – through their feet” (Science Daily)

I’m trying to find ways to think about location based mobile communications, and these forms of animal communication at a distance, like the clicking of reindeer hooves or elephants picking up vibrations in the ground offer new ways to think of GPS, movement and communication as rhythm, flow and vibration rather than as map based visual references.

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