Amazing Things Happen When Lava Meets Ice

Mar 27, 2015
What happens when you pour something incredibly hot, like molten lava, onto something incredibly cold, say a dense block of ice? Like most people (including us), you probably imagined it would melt a hole right through and, eventually, probably melt all the ice. That's what researchers thought too, but as this video shows, the results are fairly surprising.

This research isn't just being done because it looks awesome, by the way. There are currently over 200 volcanoes that are capped with ice and several of them have communities nearby (Iceland and Northern Russia in particular), so learning how ice and lava interact is actually vital to helping them make emergency plans in the event of an eruption.
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