This homemade volcano puts your science project to shame

By Shawn Knight
Jun 26, 2015
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  1. Many of us can fondly remember building a volcano as a science project. The banking soda and vinegar eruption seemed immensely cool as a kid but it pales in comparison to the “volcano” that artist Bob Wysocki and geologist Jeff Karson built as part of a research project.

    The Syracuse University faculty members started with a bronze furnace used to melt metal for statues and modified it so that it could melt basaltic gravel – the stuff the earth’s crust is made of – at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Once heated up, the team is able to pour the molten rock (lava) out and observe how different slopes, temperatures and flow rates behave.

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  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Cool, nice shout-out to Charles Lyell

  3. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 225   +46

    That was fun to watch.
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,142   +482

    That was awesome!
  5. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +70

    Yeah, OK... that was fun! Who knew melting things could be this entertaining? Well, psychos, I guess. :D
  6. Misleading title ftw. Making lava is not the same as making a volcano. I was disappointed.

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