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Watch What Happens When Lava Is Poured On Ice

This is the ultimate Earth porn experience.

Posted on April 2, 2015, at 1:33 p.m. ET

Amazingly, there are over 200 ice-covered volcanoes on Earth like this majestic one in Iceland:

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These subglacial volcanoes are in extremely remote locations, so they're difficult to study.

Syracuse University scientists wanted to study the odd combination of ice and lava up-close. So they poured over 600 pounds of molten lava on this ice bed:

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What they discovered may surprise you. The lava didn't melt the ice.

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In fact, lava can travel on top of snow. It can even flow underneath ice layers.

Here's why: Volcanic ash prevented the lava from melting the ice rapidly. The lava was also lubricated by a layer of steam.

The scientists published their results in the journal Geology.

Watch the full video below:

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