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There's A Weird Lava Lake In Antarctica

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When you hear the word "lake," you might daydream about a relaxing weekend with friends where everyone is drinking craft beer and wearing lots of plaid. Or, maybe you think of scorching pools of molten rock. Not so much? Lava lakes are pretty rare, but a particularly strange one exists atop Mount Erebus on Antarctica. Discover what makes it so unique in the following video, then learn more about lava lakes and volcanic lava itself.

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Weird Places: The Lava Lake in Antarctica

It constantly releases gas, and the composition of that gas changes on a roughly 10-minute cycle.

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It's nearly impossible to stop lava or predict its path.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Lava can reach temperatures of 1,093 degrees Celsius (2,000 degrees Fahrenheit). 00:36

  2. There are three types of lava: basaltic, andesitic, and rhyolitic. 01:01

  3. It is nearly impossible to stop the flow of lava—bombs and walls have proven unsuccessful. 02:17

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