Mannahatta

“Before becoming the center of the Western cultural universe, Manhattan was Mannahatta, “Island of many hills,” in the language of 17th-century Native Americans. Using computer modeling, painstaking research and a lot of legwork, Wildlife Conservation Society ecologist Eric Sanderson has re-envisioned, block by block, the ecology of Manhattan as it was when Henry Hudson first sailed into the forested harbor in 1609. Far more than a mournful look back at what has been irrevocably paved over, the Mannahatta Project is designed to inspire ecological sustainability for New York and for other cities.” – TED

See TED Talk video below:

“It turns out that Manhattan had 55 different ecosystems types. On a per area basis Manhattan had more ecological communities per acre than Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Amboseli. It was really an extraordinary landscape cable of supporting an extraordinary biodiversity.”

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