THE BEST Volcanoes

Making a Glowing “Lava” Table

Making a Glowing “Lava” Table

While it might look really cool to have a coffee table made of molten lava, it wouldn’t last long, and your house would surely burn down. On the other hand, this table from Positive Couple looks the part, without the deadly heat and fumes. They built it using backlit crystals, oak, and epoxy, set onto an aluminum base.

‘AILA’AU: Forest Eater

‘AILA’AU: Forest Eater

Nature’s fury is on full display in this short film that takes us inside the harrowing 2018 volcanic eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii’s big island. Photographers Lance Page, Michael Lienau, G. Brad Lewis, and Adrian Hein each captured a portion of the spectacular footage, which ranges from massive smoke plumes, to rivers of fire.

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How to Build a Lava Moat

How to Build a Lava Moat

Want to keep neighborhood rugrats off your lawn? Minutephysics and Randall Munroe of xkcd have got you covered, with their step-by-step plan for installing a moat filled with molten hot lava. Sadly, it would cost about $60,000 a day to keep it running unless you dig down deep enough and power it with geothermal energy.

Molten Aluminum Volcano

Molten Aluminum Volcano

The Backyard Scientist performs yet another very dangerous experiment, as he pours a bucket of 1500ºF molten aluminum into a volcano made from sand, then ups the spectacle by adding some fireworks to the mix. Yeah, don’t ever try anything this guy does at home.

Volcano Chip and Dip Bowl

Volcano Chip and Dip Bowl

You let the chips fall where they may if you build your home at the foot of an active volcano – especially when you know it can rain molten nacho cheese or spicy salsa on your head. Suck UK’s porcelain bowl serves as a reminder to evacuate at the first sign of Doritos.

Matchstick Volcano

Matchstick Volcano

The S created his version of the old grade school volcano science experiment, but replaced the baking soda and vinegar with matchsticks and fire, resulting in a dangerous and spectacular fireball. It goes without saying, but don’t try this at home.

Lava in a Swimming Pool

Lava in a Swimming Pool

The Backyard Scientist doesn’t have a volcano around his house, but still wanted to play around with some molten lava. So he got to simulating the stuff by melting down some lava rock and then poured it into his parent’s swimming pool to see how it would behave.

Why Not Throw Trash in Volcanoes?

Why Not Throw Trash in Volcanoes?

SciShow host Hank Green answers the question none of us were asking, as he explores the rather ludicrous sounding idea of sending our garbage to the nearest volcano, and then just dumping it in. We don’t really need to explain why this is a bad idea, do we?

Facts About Volcanoes

Facts About Volcanoes

Volcanoes and lightning working together? No thanks. Mental Floss‘ John Green returns to the salon to share some interesting and unusual tidbits about the fury and mystery of nature’s fiery earthmaking engines. Also, they really should think about renaming Iceland “Fire and Iceland.”

Lava Fire Hose

Lava Fire Hose

Incredible footage captured via drone as it flies towards an unusual development on Kalapana Hawaii, where a chunk of cliff cracked off and exposed a lava tube which now sprays a huge torrent of liquid hot magma into the Pacific. (Thanks Orion!)

Dawn of Fire

Dawn of Fire

Tyler Hulett presents a fascinating look at the destructive power of the lava that continues to flow forth at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, as the tiniest bits of greenery struggle to return to the site of a once-vibrant rainforest, and former home of the Royal Gardens subdivision.

Volcano from Space

Volcano from Space

Back in 2009, astronauts on the International Space Station captured this amazing perspective of Russia’s Sarychev volcano erupting, as a massive plume of ash and smoke ascended towards the heavens above.

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