Client: HarperCollins USA | January-April 2021 | Adobe Illustrator
This illustrated map shows Pocahontas County in West Virginia, United States, the location of the Green Bank Observatory within the National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ), the subject of Stephen Kurczy's book The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence (HarperCollins, 2022). The NRQZ is a 13,000 sq mile area in the Appalachian mountains in which the use of radio transmissions, cell phones, WiFi routers and other electronic devices are heavily restricted in order to facilitate scientific research and the gathering of military intelligence.
The location of the Green Bank Observatory and the surrounding 10-mile radius within which the severest restrictions apply.
Detail of the southern section of the map. Other key locations mentioned in the book are highlighted.
Detail of the inset map, which shows the NRQZ and Pocahontas County within the context of surrounding states and cities.