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What Would Earth Be Like If Volcanoes Didn't Exist?


NGSS Standards:



Crosscutting Concept:

Stability and Change

Transcript-What Would Earth Be Like If Volcanoes Didn’t Exist
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A volcanologist imagines a world without volcanoes, and tells us how her recipe for homemade lava bombs might lead to discoveries about ancient volcanoes in outer space! It turns out that volcanoes do more for planets than create natural pyrotechnic displays. You’re guarenteed to be blown away by volcanologist Erika Rader’s EXTREME VOLCANO SCIENCE PROJECT. Spoiler alert: It involves a huge cauldron of molten rock, an aircannon, and a forklift.

Here's Erika's "fail compilation" of her spatter bomb experiment.

Find our more about the Syracuse Lava Project, the art and science collaboration where Erika does her experiment, with their free online video course.

Tell Erika what YOU would do with a lava machine: Email us at with a drawing or recording, and we’ll pass your ideas on!

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