If you're a scientist and want to study the interaction of volcanic lava and water, you could go to the site of an active volcano. But that could be inconvenient, not to mention dangerous.
State University of New York at Buffalo scientists researchers have come up with what might be a better idea. They've developed a method for making their own artificial lava, so they can study it whenever they want.
RELATED: Two Mexican Volcanoes Are Erupting
The work is going on at a facility operated by UB's Center for GeoHazards Studies, which is located in Ashford, N.Y., about 40 miles south of Buffalo.
According to a university news release, the lava recipe involves four steps:
1. Dump 10 gallons of basaltic rock into a high-powered induction furnace.
2. Let it heat up for 3 or 4 hours.
3. Stir occasionally with a steel rod.
4. Once the mixture is red hot and bubbling at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, pour it out.
Here's a video demonstration.