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GoPro camera captures the moment it was swallowed by molten lava in Hawaii

Staff writer, November 13, 2017 7:10PM News Corp Australia

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The tiny camera managed to capture the moment it was swallowed by molten lava. media_cameraThe tiny camera managed to capture the moment it was swallowed by molten lava.

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When Hawaiian tour guide Erik Storm lost his GoPro down a volcanic crevice* he thought it was lost forever.

But instead, the tiny camera managed to capture the moment it was swallowed by molten* lava.

Mr Storm waited for the hot flow of lava to stop and cool into rock before he broke through to retrieve his camera, which to his surprise was still working and has recorded everything.

“The camera even still worked although not as well as it did before. Truly amazing it survived,” he told camera website Peta Pixel.

The mesmerising* footage shows the lava slowly making its way towards the camera before engulfing* it.

Molten lava. Picture: Red Kangaroo Media media_cameraMolten lava. Picture: Red Kangaroo Media

Magma is the name given to very hot, molten* rock when it is underground. It is heated by energy deep within the Earth’s crust.

When volcanoes erupt or magma seeps to the surface it is called lava. After it cools it becomes rock, sometimes known as lava flows. These lava flows are sometimes so big they create whole islands in the sea.

Lava can be seen in areas of volcanic activity including Indonesia, Hawaii, Vanuatu, Italy, Guatemala and Chile.

GLOSSARY

crevice: deep crack

molten: hot liquid

unscathed: not damaged

mesmerising: hypnotising

engulfing: covering

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Volcano diagram

Use information in the article and from other sources to draw a labelled diagram of a volcano, showing the process that lava goes through from beginning to end including the different names it has through each stage of the process.

Extension:

Research a specific volcano and write down five facts about it.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Science, Geography

Activity 2. A — Z adjectives

Fold a piece of paper in half lengthways to make two columns and write the letters from A — Z, giving each letter its own line.

Then watch the amazing footage that Erik Storm’s GoPro captured as it was engulfed by lava.
On your piece of paper, write an adjective beginning with each letter of the alphabet to describe the footage.
For the letters Q, X and Z you might need to write a word that contains the letter rather than begins with it.


Extension:

Pair with a friend to compare your adjective lists.
Where you have both written the same word for a letter, work together to think of another one so you each have a unique word.


Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English

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