Lava Flow 112313.2
11/23/13 Mix of 65% Keweenawan basalt and 35% Palisades Sill diabase; T=1200°C, slope 20° in a 900 gallon water tank.
The lava was poured through a steel trough and on to a steel mesh ramp into this large tank of water in an attempt to make pillow lavas, similar to those that form on mid-ocean ridges and beneath glaciers. Prof. Ben Edwards (Dickinson College: research foci are glaciovolcanism (interactions between volcanoes and ice, including the formation of pillow lava and cooling joints)
) collected data during the flow. Video shows a complexly developing flow front of actively fragmenting lava. Fragments of transparently thin, bubble walls (limu o’Pele) can be seen swirling in the water. Above the surface, large transparent limu (centimeters across) inflate, shatter, and disperse in the wind as the flow develops. Although pillow lavas did not form the bulbous, inflating lobes mimic this process.
The tank for this experiment was constructed by Robert Wysocki and Noah Hausknecht especially for making pillow lava flows. It holds 900 gallons of water and has 2 transparent sides to permit direct observation of lava/water interactions. Prof. Edwards installed thermocouples to the sides of the tank to monitor the water temperature. He also inserted thermocouples directly into the lava to document its cooling history. This video was filmed with a GoPro camera in a waterproof housing attached to a stick manipulated by Prof. Wysocki.
The SU Lava Project is a joint research venture between SU Earth Sciences and SU Sculpture. For further information please contact Prof. Robert Wysocki, SU Sculpture at email@example.com or Dr. Jeffrey Karson, SU Earth Sciences at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information at: lavaproject.syr.edu.
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