Scientists cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock to inject with water. Courtesy/AGU
Scientists study what happens when they inject water into molten rock. Courtesy/AGU
The first results are published from experiments that aim to illuminate the physics of lava-water interactions, which can sometimes make eruptions more dangerous
WASHINGTON, D.C. — What happens when lava and water meet? Explosive experiments with manmade lava are helping to answer this important question.
By cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock and injecting them with water, scientists at the State University of New York at Buffalo are shedding light on the basic physics of lava-water interactions, which are common in nature but poorly understood. Watch a video of these experiments here.