Here’s what would happen if a person jumped into a lava lake.
Let’s just say that you wouldn’t survive.
To test it, someone dropped a bag of organic waste into Erta Ale’a lava lake.
“It is frequently discussed whether it is possible to sink in lava. Due to its high density, a person would generally be expected to remain on the surface. 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. The test was performed with a box of camp waste (largely food rests) in a bin bag. Estimated weight 30kg, Size 60x60x60cm. Fall height, about 80m.
“The lake reacts with violent lava fountaining activity, presumably in part due to steam produced from the organic matter.”
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