Drop a copy of the unique ring in real lava to see if it really melts

We all know what happens when they finally manage to cast the unique ring in the burning cauldron of Mount Destiny, but Kyle Hill wanted to see to what extent literary fiction is transferable to real life, and for this, he has moved, ring in hand, to Syracuse.


The University of Syracuse has hosted one of the most fascinating lava laboratories in the world for years because it is one of the few in which artificial lava is created. The Syracuse University Lava Project is, in essence, a huge crucible in which they melt different types of volcanic rock (usually basalt) and pour the resulting lava to study its properties. Sometimes the geologist Jeff Karson leading the project briefly abandons his scientific studies to indulge in more artistic tests out of sheer curiosity, such as pouring lava on ice. This time, Karson and Hill poured a lava flow and then poured a reproduction of the single ring over it.


Of course, there is no prophecy that the ring will be destroyed to the outrage of Sauron. In fact, the ring is a modern recreation crafted from titanium and plated in gold. Kyle Hill hadn't expected to find a trace of the ring as he rummaged through the hardened lava fragments. To the surprise (or not) of the popularizer, the ring appeared, scorched and blackened, but intact. There is a detail that Kyle Hill does mention, and that is that the temperature of the lava in the laboratory is around 1,500 degrees Celsius. However, there is another detail that he does not mention, and that is that the melting temperature of titanium is 1,668 degrees Celsius. The video, as it usually happens in these cases, has a trick, but it also helps us to learn a thing or two about metal fusion.


Even if the ring is made of less resistant metal, it is still possible that it will not melt. The explanation for their survival has more to do with science than with the magic of Mordor. The surface of the ring is much colder than that of the lava, and that causes it to cool and harden around the piece of jewelry, creating an effective heat shield that prevents the rest of the lava from doing its work and melting the metal. The result is that the ring, against all odds, survives. Maybe someone should stop by the mountain of destiny to check that a certain Maia has not returned to her old ways.


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