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Mannahatta: The Past, Present, and Future of New York City

Rediscover the lost ecology of Manhattan in a presentation by Wildlife Conservation Society's Dr. Eric Sanderson. In the Mannahatta Project, Sanderson reveals the thin wooded island that Henry Hudson sailed past in 1609.

By geographically matching an 18th-century map of Manhattan's landscape to the modern cityscape, combing through historical and archaeological records, and applying modern principles of ecology and computer modeling, the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown come to life.

On a block-by-block basis, learn what the urban landscape looked like 400 years ago, how the environment has transformed, and ways that historical ecological understanding can inform sustainability.


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