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Lava from scratch? Only at UB.

Professor Ingo Sonder, PhD, lead scientist at the University at Buffalo's Center for GeoHazards Studies, creates homemade lava by heating basaltic rock in a high-powered induction furnace. 

Once the mixture is red hot and bubbling at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, it's ready to pour and Sonder's research into the danger that volcanoes near ice, lakes, oceans, and underground water sources pose to surrounding communities can begin.

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