Dan Rather Reports

Season 5 Episode 21

A Gulf in Understanding

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jun 22, 2010 on HDNet
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A Gulf in Understanding
(6/22/2010) The oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico has dominated the nation's attention, and everybody wants answers. But one of the striking and frightening realities of this disaster is how little we know. Dan Rather travels to the Gulf to talk to the scientists who are rushing to understand what has become an uncontrolled experiment with dire consequences. Where will all this oil go in the coming weeks and months? How much of it is lurking in giant clouds thousands of feet below the surface? Will it enter the food chain? These are just a few of the countless questions for which there are no good answers. That's because so little is known about the deep ocean where the blowout has spewed millions of gallons of oil and gas. One NASA scientist says the surface of the moon is better understood than the sea floor of the Gulf.moreless

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