Experiment (sort of) shows what happens if you toss a human into lava

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Dec 17, 2012

Hey, it's a valid question—what would happen to a person if they fell a few hundred feet into an active volcano? Well, thanks to a group of researchers in Ethiopia, now we know. And they even recorded it all on video.

The experiment saw a 66-pound bag of organic waste (meant to simulate a person) tossed into the Erta Ale shield volcano from a height of about 260 feet.

Apparently, you can walk on lava due to its high density, and the team wanted to see if a high fall would create enough force to penetrate the top layer and fall in. Apparently, it does.

Here are their findings:

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.

Check out the experiment for yourself below:

(Photovolcanica via Gawker)