How Do You Stop Flowing Lava?

How Do You Stop Flowing Lava?

Several measures—including bombing, adding water, and building walls—have been taken to try to stop lava flow. However, none have proven reliably successful. Geologists ultimately view lava diversion as a losing battle, and suggest that people focus their efforts on improving our ability to predict volcanic eruptions.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Lava can reach temperatures of 1,093 degrees Celsius (2,000 degrees Fahrenheit). (0:36)

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    There are three types of lava: basaltic, andesitic, and rhyolitic. (1:01)

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    It is nearly impossible to stop the flow of lava—bombs and walls have proven unsuccessful. (2:17)

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