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What Happens When You Walk on Lava? [VIDEO]

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A tour guide in Hawaii demonstrates what happens when you press your walking boot on hot molten rock.

It’s not every day that you meet someone who can say they have walked on lava and survived to tell the story. U.S. neuroscientist, Alex Rivest, was on holiday to Kilauea in Hawaii when his tour guide offered to demonstrate what would happen when he pressed his walking boot into a pool of scorching lava.

In the video, you can see the tour guide’s boot make an impression against the molten rock, sparking a flame that bounces off the surface. By doing so, the tour guide shows that while lava is a liquid rock it is not a watery substance.

As it’s more viscous compared to water, a person would simply land on it, sink, while the water inside the human body would boil, turn to steam with the end result of a person exploding from within.


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With a small population of 900, the small town of Pahoa is continually threatened by Kilauea, which is believed to be 300,000 to 600,000 years old.

Considered as one of the most active volcanoes in the world it has been erupting since 1983.

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What Happens When You Walk on Lava? [VIDEO]