Episode 141: Disaster Recovery

Deepwater Horizon

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon on April 21, 2010. Image courtesy of Flickr user EPI2oh.

When the worst thing happens, what do you do next? On today's episode we head south to look at ways that people—and even the planet itself—recover from natural and manmade disasters. First, we learn about ecological succession and how plants and animals repopulate an area once it's been devastated by hurricanes. Then we speak with Haverford College chemistry professor Helen White about how the Gulf of Mexico is faring since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Show Clock

0:00 Opening Credits
0:32 Introduction
1:18 Ecological Succession
4:13 Interview with Helen White
12:56 Closing Credits


Special thanks to Jeff Guin and Bob Kenworthy for researching this show.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Music from Music Alley includes "Louisiana Chase," by Ken Tucker and James Swafford, "New Orleans Shall Rise Again," by George Winston, and "Guitar Moody Harmonium Duet Loop Short," by Soundscapers Production Music Libraries. 

Image courtesy of Flickr user EPI2oh.

Posted In: Environment | Technology

comments powered by Disqus

By posting your comment, you agree to abide by CHF’s Comment Policies.

The Museum at CHF

The Museum at CHF

Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.


Distillations Magazine
Support CHF and receive our award-winning quarterly magazine.

Join the Conversation

Distillations Blog logo
Our blog brings the stories of science and culture directly to you.

Sensing Change

See your environment with fresh eyes through this online exhibit.