Missing Planes and Shipwrecks Might as Well be on Mars

Mar 6, 2015

David Gallo is a pioneer in mapping ocean terrain.

"When you go to the bottom of the sea, there are mountains, rivers, valleys, waterfalls, lakes. All the things we are familiar with on land, we find at the bottom of the sea, and they all need to be explored."

Gallo helps locate the remains of missing airliners. On this edition of River to River, he explains why it’s so hard to find wrecks.

The short answer? More than 90% of the ocean floor is unexplored.
“When something sinks to the bottom of the sea, it’s going into a totally unexplored space," Gallo says. "In some ways, it might as well be on Mars; but on Mars you can actually see it.”

Other segments on this week's News Buzz program include:

IPR correspondent Joyce Russell shares what bills did and didn’t make it through funnel week at the Iowa Statehouse. She also gives a preview of this weekend’s Iowa Ag Summit.

Sue Blodgett, Chair of Iowa State’s Department of Entomology talks about the new Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium.

Matthew Patane of the Des Moines Register talks to Ben about the latest in technology and innovation.

And, Gary Moore talks about the possibility of a re-opening of the Buddy Holly plane crash investigation, and what such an investigation would mean.