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When Magma Meets Water | Breakthrough (YouTube/National Geographic)

What happens when you mix lava and water?

Published: 04th December, 2015 at 00:00
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Mixing molten magma with cool water sounds dangerous; fortunately, National Geographic have done it for us - the result is beautiful and bubbly… and it blows up!

Mixing molten magma with cool water sounds dangerous; fortunately, National Geographic have done it for us - the result is beautiful and bubbly… and it blows up!

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When Magma Meets Water | Breakthrough (YouTube/National Geographic)

So why are they doing this? Apart from making lava look like absolutely delicious melted caramel (mmmm, caramel), they show the how rapidly magma-heated water expands into steam and the devastating eruption that occurs afterwards. This obviously has an effect on anybody looking to drill deep into the Earth’s surface.

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So if you are planning on digging a hole to Australia then you should really watch what happens at the end. You have been warned…

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