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ranging is a method of determining the coordinates of a hostile
artillery battery using data derived from the sound of its guns (or
mortar or rockets) firing. The same methods can also be used to
direct artillery fire at a position with known coordinates. Sound
ranging is sometimes confused with sound locating, which refers to
techniques used to locate the source of other sounds that may
originate in the air, on the ground or on or below the sea's
surface. This entry is primarily concerned with sound ranging.
Sound ranging was one of three methods of locating hostile
artillery that rapidly developed in World War I. The others were
air reconnaissance (visual and photographic) and flash spotting.
The basis of scientific sound ranging is to use pairs of
microphones to produce a bearing to the source of the sound. The
intersection of these bearings gives the location of the battery.
The bearings are derived from the differences in the time of
arrival at the microphones.
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