Sunday, March 4, 2018

As Storms Get Bigger, Oyster Reefs Can Help Protect Shorelines | Innovation | Smithsonian

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As Storms Get Bigger, Oyster Reefs Can Help Protect Shorelines | Innovation | Smithsonian

Two hundred years ago, the streets of lower Manhattan were lined with “oyster cellars,” rough-and-ready establishments hawking all-your-can-eat oysters for six cents.
In those days, the floor of New York Harbor was covered in oyster reefs, making the bivalve a cheap and plentiful snack for the underclass of the rapidly growing city.