Education

An Interdisciplinary Lens: The Syracuse University Lava Project

Here’s a really cool example of looking at something through an interdisciplinary lens: lava flow from both a geographical and an artistic perspective at the same time! This is one of the goals of Syracruse University’s Lava Project. (Here’s their website!)

The Syracuse University Lava Project is a collaboration between sculptor Bob Wysocki and geologist Jeff Karson. The goals of the project include scientific experiments, artistic creations, education, and outreach to the Syracuse University and City communities. Basaltic lava, similar to that found on the seafloor and erupted from volcanoes in Hawaii and Iceland, is melted and poured to produce natural-scale lava flows. The project supports a wide variety of scientific experiments engaging faculty and students at SU and volcanologists from other institutions. The natural beauty and particular properties of the lava are the basis for sculpture projects. In addition, lava pours are staged at the SU Comstock Art Building for classes, student groups, and the public. The SU Lava Project brings the spectacle and excitement of a volcanic eruption to Central New York.

Check out this amazing video! 610 pounds of lava flow onto a giant block of ice, and make beautiful bubbles when rapidly cooling and burning through the ice.

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