Why A Marsh

Neither land nor water, maybe both, a marsh is a balancing act, uncertain by its very nature. If we want marshes to continue — if we want the communities of plants, birds, fish, and microbes that depend upon wetlands to continue (not to mention our own culpable species) — then it’s important to figure out how a marsh works, and why.

A writer and a scientist trace the deep history of a marsh on the Hudson River, from the Medieval Warm Period to the Little Ice Age and from the industrial era to our problematic present.

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