Mar 24, 2021
Full Metal Volcano
Because it’s never been seen, how ferrovolcanism behaves is mostly theoretical. To make matters a little more concrete empirical, a team of scientists from NCSU used the Syracuse Lava Project facility in New York to simulate a metallic volcanic flow. Using a huge crucible, they melted iron-rich basalt (collected from an ancient volcanic formation in the US Great Lakes region, which is about 50% silicates, 10% iron, and the rest various minerals), then poured it down a metal chute onto a base of sand to investigate how it flowed.