Guess What Lava is Bad for Humans as Proved by This Test

Some super smart people did a little volcanic research, and they came to the conclusion that lava is bad for the human body.  Well no sh*t right?  I’m not even sure why they’d test this theory out considering that the outcome is pretty obvious, but I guess they wanted to see if a human body could fall from a distance into semi-formed lava, and then break its surface to reach the uber-hot-goo below it.  According to these researchers some form of lava can be walked on and it won’t melt your feet off, but if you break through the protective surface it’s lights out for you.  At least they filmed their test and posted it on YouTube for the world to see what it would look like if a human fell into an active volcanic crater.  Check it out below.  You’ve been wishing they through an actual person off of the cliff for this test…

Video Description

Incineration of waste in Erta Ale Volcanoes lava lake. It is frequently discussed whether it is possible to sink in lava. Due to its high density, a person would generally be expected to remain on the surface. Indeed it is possible to briefly walk on certain types of lava if professional heat-protective clothing is worn (do not try yourself). However, the video shows that falling from a height, a person would be able to penetrate the crust of the lake and submerge in it. The test was performed with a box of camp waste (largely food rests) in a bin bag. Estimated weight 30kg, Size 60x60x60cm. Fall height, about 80m. The lake reacts with violent lava fountaining activity, presumably in part due to steam produced from the organic matter.

The lava lake at Erta Ale has persisted for many years and contains relatively fluid basaltic lava. Only few volcanoes have such lakes.

Eruption after person falls in a volcanoes lava lake (test with organic waste bag)

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