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Let the Lava Flow

Lava flows from the specially modified furnace located at the Comstock Art Facility at Syracuse University.

Lava flows from the specially modified furnace located at the Comstock Art Facility at Syracuse University.

January 12, 2017

The weather outside was frightful, but the lava pour was delightful.

Syracuse faculty and staff gathered together on a bitterly cold January evening to watch as Assistant Professor of Studio Arts Robert Wysocki and Professor of Earth Sciences Jeff Karson turned out 100 pounds of molten basalt rock onto the snow. 

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NatGeo Short: Energy on the edge

Lava poured into water basin.

Lava poured into water basin.

January 24, 2016
See https://vimeo.com/148818209 to watch the video.  The SU section begins at 9:10.

Into the Flow

The Syracuse University Lava Project demonstrated a lava pour as part of Saturday’s Central New York Earth Science Student Symposium. (Photos by Chase Guttman ’18)

The Syracuse University Lava Project demonstrated a lava pour as part of Saturday’s Central New York Earth Science Student Symposium. (Photos by Chase Guttman ’18)

April 13, 2015

Dozens of people gathered Saturday at the University’s Comstock Art Facility for an up-close look at a unique representation of a natural world occurrence.

The lava pour was part of the annual Central New York Earth Science Student Symposium (CNYESSS), organized and presented by the student-run Geology Club in the Department of Earth Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Read more...

Syracuse to Host Regional Earth Sciences Symposium April 11

A lava pour is one of the events scheduled during the symposium.

A lava pour is one of the events scheduled during the symposium.

April 7, 2015

Hundreds of people are converging at Syracuse University this weekend for its annual Central New York Earth Science Student Symposium (CNYESSS).

The daylong event takes place on Saturday, April 11, primarily in the Heroy Geology Laboratory. The symposium features research posters by graduate and undergraduate students from Syracuse, as well as Cornell University, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), SUNY Oswego, Jefferson Community College and other area institutions.

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Discovery Channel Canada - Daily Planet “Forces of Nature” The Lava Cannon

Lava thrown into the air

Lava thrown into the air

April 2, 2015

A really well produced segment on the lava fountain/cannon.  6:24 in length.  The video can be seen at https://vimeo.com/124006639

BBC’s How to Build a Planet

March 27, 2015

The clip we were a part of for the BBC's Richard Hammond vehicle, "How to Build A Planet." Great photography...Syracuse University was not credited in anyway shape or form; depressing because we were not paid for the appearance and the whole affair of getting out and back from Southern California was not cheap. Anyway, its worth a look.  The clip is 3 minutes in length.

To see the video visit  https://vimeo.com/123423837

What Happens When Lava Meets Ice?

March 13, 2015

Wednesdays 9/8c on Science Channel
When a team pours molten lava onto ice, the results are surprising.

To see the video visit YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvSmPqqZB3Q 

082114 Lava Steak

Cooking steak over flowing lava

Cooking steak over flowing lava

August 22, 2014

Lava Steak Bake Gains Worldwide Attention

Bob Wysoki monitoring the pour

Bob Wysoki monitoring the pour

August 1, 2014
Professor of Earth Sciences Jeff Karson and Assistant Professor of Sculpture Robert Wysocki were recently part of a unique experiment, in which molten lava was used as the heating source for a steak bake. They weren’t cooking for a large crowd, but their efforts received attention worldwide. Here’s a sampling of the coverage, and the story behind the sizzle.  Read more...

B&P Cook Out

July 4, 2014

Cooking w B&P

Cooking and science: water ice and dry ice.

Cooking and science: water ice and dry ice.

June 25, 2014
On June 25, 2014 we had some friends over for a BBQ.  See the video at https://vimeo.com/99933542

SU to Present ‘The Subject Is Lava’ MOOC Starting April 7

March 17, 2014
This spring, Earth sciences professor Jeff Karson and assistant professor of sculpture Robert Wysocki are bringing their popular Syracuse Lava Project to the world in “The Subject Is Lava,” a massive open online course (MOOC).  Read more...

Lava Pour at SU

January 27, 2014
Rock heated to more than 2,000 degrees flowed down a chute made of ice as part of a unique collaborative effort called the Lava Project. This video captures the moment when molten rock burrowed a path through ice and snow.  To see the video...