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Published: 01 November 2012

192 Pages | 24 b/w illustrations

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9780823249855

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Heartbeats in the Muck

The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor

Author John Waldman

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • First edition was won the New York Society Library Award 2000-"Waldman's background as a field biologist has equipped him to describe the harbor's ecological history, but his gift for graceful narration is all his own."-Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
  • 2012 is Fortieth Anniversary of the Clean Water Act (18 Oct 2012)
  • Chronicles the fascinating history of New York Harbor - a rich aquatic wilderness that surrounds the world's greatest city.
  • Focuses on the animals, water quality, and habitats of the harbor, with personal accounts of the explorations of its farthest camp near the George Washington Bridge, the Arthur Kill (home of the resurgent heron colonies), the Hackensack Meadowlands, the darkness under a giant Manhattan pier, and the famously polluted Gowanus Canal.
  • Offers a positive prognosis. Environmental action and awareness has allowed the harbor to begin cleaning itself. Although it will never regain its native biological glory, the return of oysters, striped bass, and a host of other creatures are symbols of what once seemed impossible - New York Harbor reborn.
  • Heartbeats in the Muck was originally published in 1999 by Lyons Press and was well reviewed. FUP will reissue it with an epilogue written by the author to bring the state of the harbor to 2012.

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