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Echolocation is the use of sound as a form of navigation.

Navigation using sound

  • Acoustic location, the general use of sound to locate objects.
    • Animal echolocation, non-human animals emitting sound waves and listening to the echo in order to locate objects or navigate.
    • Human echolocation, the use of sound by people to navigate.
    • Sonar (sound navigation and ranging), the use of sound on water or underwater, to navigate or to locate other watercraft, usually by submarines.
    • Echo sounding, listening to the echo of sound pulses to measure the distance to the bottom of the sea, a special case of Sonar.
    • Medical ultrasonography, the use of ultrasound echoes to look inside the body.


  • Echolocation (album), a 2001 album by Fruit Bats
  • Echolocation, a 2017 album by Gone Is Gone

See also

  • Radar, locating objects by detecting the echo of emitted radio waves
  • Lidar, locating objects by detecting the echo of emitted laser beams
  • Time to Echolocate, a 2005 album by The Ebb and Flow
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