Real-life video shows what happens if you step in lava, and it's not what you'd expect

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Dec 18, 2014

It’s not a common question, sure, but have you ever wondered what would happen if you stepped in molten lava? This, and honestly, it’s really kind of weird.

Some daredevils have posted a video clip filmed at the Kilauea volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, where lava emerges from a vent at temperatures as high as 2,192 degrees (Fahrenheit) and slowly flows down the side. The experiment: Document what happens when someone, literally, steps on lava.

It’s not at all what we would’ve really expected, and instead comes off like a flame-throwing foam than any type of real liquid material. Here’s the video description from the folks who shot it (and risked a foot):

This video shows how pressure applied to this dense material only causes a slight indentation. While this may not be surprising (it is liquid rock), I think that many people think of lava as more of a hot-watery-like substance. You would never fall into a lava lake the way you would a swimming pool, the molten rock is much more dense, so you would simply land on it, sink a little, and be burned.

OK. Weird, yeah, but not much more encouraging. Regardless of whether you’d sink a lot, or sink a little, that stuff still looks insanely hot. Check out the clip below and let us know what you think:

(Via Sploid)