Let the Lava Flow

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

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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Into the Flow

preparing lava experiment
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

Symposium lava pour
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

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

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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

BBC’s How to Build a Planet

BBC lava footage

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.

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Lava Steak Bake

Lava Steak Bake Gains Worldwide Attention

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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