By peoplestaff225
Updated December 03, 2020 01:02 PM

Who knew volcanology could be so mesmerizing?!

Hawaiian photographer Bryan Lowry decided to see what would happen when two Coca-Cola cans—one punctured and one sealed—were slowly enveloped in hot lava, and the results have us captivated.

The 2000° lava caused both cans to topple over and start squirting soda before completing melting. The footage, which has over 18 million views on YouTube, was created on the photographer’s Nikon D800 and a GoPro Hero 2.

Lowry wants his viewers to remember two things after watching. First, for all the worried environmentalists, since the cans eventually melted, this is not considered littering. “Think of it as returning metal/materials that we took from mother nature and planet earth,” he wrote.

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And most important, he says, “Don’t try this at home. Of course if you do have a lava flow at your house, trying this is the least of your problems.”

Happy watching.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone