As part of an experiment to determine if a human being thrown into a lava lake would sink or float (??), a team of super-serious science guys tossed a 66lb. bag full of organic trash from approximately 260 feet up straight into the basaltic lava lake of Ethiopia's Erta Ale shield volcano.

The video shows that falling from a height, a person would be able to penetrate the crust of the lake and submerge in it [...] The lake reacts with violent lava fountaining activity, presumably in part due to steam produced from the organic matter.

The more you know.

[Photovolcanica via Viral Viral Videos]