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Heartbeats in the MuckThe History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor, Revised Edition$
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John Waldman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823249855

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823249855.001.0001

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The Essential Harbor

The Essential Harbor

(p.4) (p.5) 1 The Essential Harbor
Heartbeats in the Muck

John Waldman

Fordham University Press

New York Harbor is a sprawling network of tidal bays, inlets, channels, and creeks set within both the broader Hudson Estuary and the urban matrix of New York City. Its geography is recent in geological time—the product of glaciers that receded only fifteen thousand years ago. Many natural habitats may be found in the Harbor, from freshwater and brackish wetlands, to boulder and bedrock shores, to sand beaches. Its annual temperature range is extreme, resulting in a dynamic biota that changes seasonally.

Keywords:   New York Harbor, Hudson Estuary, New York City, Wetlands, Glaciers, Biota

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