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Unlike Water, You Cannot Sink In?
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Answer: Lava

Forget everything you’ve seen in movies, cartoons, and video games: if you ever find yourself thrown into the cauldron of an angry volcano, you will not sink down into the fiery pool like a drowning swimmer. Lava, unlike how it is popularly depicted, actually has a density¬†much higher than water and the human body. As such, you wouldn’t sink as much as you would lay atop it like an egg in a frying pan.

Image courtesy of the USGS.

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