Magma

I can’t really be the only one who has wondered what it would be like to fall into Lava can I?  Video Games have portrayed lava as a death trap ever since Mario made its debut on the NES.  World of Warcraft has made extensive use of lava including the ability to hop across it in certain sections.  As it turns out, hopping across lava might not be as ridiculous as it seems.

The article in question basically shows that when compared to water, lava is nearly 3x as dense and up to an order of magnitude more viscous.  Because the average human has a density that is right around that of water, it would be nearly impossible to sink in lava.  This is also why some people have a greater/lesser chance of floating.  Not everyone has the same density and often times those individuals with greater percentages of fat can make themselves much more buoyant.

The article goes on to state that you can test this using a small figurine in a bucket of oil – however, in the name of science I’d be more than happy to feature a video of you or your family taking a trip to your friendly neighborhood volcano and attempting to hop across it just like you can in WoW.

9 comments

  1. Your link, sends me to a website that dosen’t exist.

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  2. 404 website not found.

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  3. Just remove the “http://misterpickypants.com/’ from the front of the link.

    Here: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/12/the-right-and-wrong-way-to-die-when-you-fall-into-lava/

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  4. Obviously, the reason it’s a deathtrap is because lava is hot. Like, 1,000 degrees Farenheit or hotter. Just being around it is highly dangerous, as the heat it gives off increases the air temperature immensely. That said, if you manage to find a full body suit that protects from insanely hot temperatures, lava hopping would be pretty awesome.

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  5. You wouldn’t sink into lava, but if you fell on it, it would absolutely destroy you, thanks to the heat. If you didn’t land on your feet, or maybe even if you did land on your feet, your heart might stop from the shock anyway.

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  6. Yeah, I imagine in reality you’d be on fire long before you actually had the chance to hit it with what would have been your body weight. The density of the body isn’t as important when it’s in a million little pieces.

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  7. Fry’s dog managed to sink in lava AND survive after Bender retrieved him if I remember correctly.

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  8. Thanks I didn’t notice that.

    Roland:
    Just remove the “http://misterpickypants.com/’ from the front of the link.

    Here: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/12/the-right-and-wrong-way-to-die-when-you-fall-into-lava/

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  9. Hmm… combine this with the Leidenfrost effect ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leidenfrost_effect ) and it may very well be possible to walk on lava. Dip your feet into water, make sure everything not wet is well insulated against the heat that you’ll find on the surface of the lava (lava can be anywhere from 1,300 – 2,200 Fahrenheit, and the human body spontaneously combusts at ~1,400 Fahrenheit, albeit with some time exposed to that kind of heat), and run across really quickly. Like, really quickly.

    It’d be like Jesus but 100x cooler.

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