The Consequences Of Stepping On Hot Lava
In order to see what happens when you step on hot lava, the neurologist Alex Rivert dared, during a mountain hiking in Kilauea, Hawaii, to experience on his own the way lava feels when stepping on it at temperatures between 700 and 1200 degrees Celsius.
After this experience, Rivert says that stepping on the lava is not the same as stepping on boiled water, because the molten rock is more dense. Thus, if someone falls in molten lava, it will sink very little. The water in the human body begins to boil, turning into steam and leading to the explosion of the body from the inside.
Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and it is continuously erupting since 1983. In October 2014 it erupted, its lava covering the graveyard near the town of Pahoa.
Erik Klemetti, at the Denis University in Ohio, says that we can walk on lava because in contact with the air it forms a crust on which we can quickly step.
Although it flows like a liquid, the lava is more viscous than water.