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This Volcano's Lava Is Cold. You Can Fall In And Survive

Written by Ana Krneta
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In August of this year, footage of volcanologists wearing space man looking suits as they went into an active volcano went viral. This is no surprise, as volcanoes have long been a source of wonder and fear. As a curious species by nature, we all want to see what's inside the belly of the beast.

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There is one volcano in this world, that stands out from the rest. Let’s just say that you wouldn't need super intense protective suits to dive into this lava-filled chamber below the surface. Why? Because the lava in it is not as hot as other volcanoes.

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This ‘cold’ volcano is located in the African country of Tanzania, and is referred to as the Ol Doinyo Lengai which means ‘Mountain of God’ in the local Maasai language. The lava that erupts out of it never goes over 510℃ ( 950℉). The most common type of lava in the world is basalt and it erupts at least at a temperature of 1,000℃ / 1, 832℉.

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We always associate lava with being a glowing orange / red color that is due to its extremely high temperatures. However, the lava that erupts from Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai is totally black. This is because the lava is not hot enough for it to look red. The reason lava looks orange / red is because of the heat that radiates off of it as it comes into contact with cooler temperatures outside the volcano.

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This ‘cold’ volcano is located in the African country of Tanzania, and is referred to as the Ol Doinyo Lengai which means ‘Mountain of God’ in the local Maasai language. The lava that erupts out of it never goes over 510℃ ( 950℉). The most common type of lava in the world is basalt and it erupts at least at a temperature of 1,000℃ / 1, 832℉.

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We always associate lava with being a glowing orange / red color that is due to its extremely high temperatures. However, the lava that erupts from Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai is totally black. This is because the lava is not hot enough for it to look red. The reason lava looks orange / red is because of the heat that radiates off of it as it comes into contact with cooler temperatures outside the volcano.

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