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

Distillations Episode 141: Disaster Recovery

From: Chemical Heritage Foundation
Series: Distillations - Stories of Science & Culture
Length: 13:42

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On this episode we look at how environments recover after natural and manmade disasters. First, we hear about how ecosystems repair themselves after hurricanes. Then we see how the Gulf of Mexico is faring after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Asset_upload_file645_75344_thumbnail_small When the worst thing happens, what do you do next? On this 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.

Piece Description

When the worst thing happens, what do you do next? On this 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.

Broadcast History

Podcast on February 17, 2012.

Timing and Cues

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

Additional 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.

Related Website

http://www.chemheritage.org/distillations