Did you know these things about Lava—
- Lava wasn't called lava until Mount Vesuvius erupted in 1737. Francesco Serao used the word, derived from labes ("fall" or "slide" in Latin), to compare the hot ooze on the volcano's slopes to mudslides after a heavy rain.
- Our solar system's largest volcano, Mars' Olympus Mons, is composed of layers of ancient eruptions of basaltic lava. At about three times the height of Mount Everest, that's a lot of lava.
- Earth was also awash with lava, once, in our planet's early days. In 2013 researchers suggested that these lava oceans were layered by density. Outer layers of lava and crystallized rock insulated deeper, superdense magma that remained hot for much longer than originally thought.
- Did lava kill the dinosaurs? Maybe. About 65 million years ago, a massive basaltic lava flow covered much of India. The eruptions that created the flow released enough toxic gas to off T.rex and company, and may have been triggered by the asteroid that smacked into the other side of the planet at roughly the same time.
Did you also know—
- Lava beads are naturally porous, making them the perfect stone to infuse with your favorite essential oil.
- Earrings infused with aromatherapy oils are near the nose and face, providing subtle but powerful boosts of calm, peace, and/or stress-relief all day.
*The 'Once Upon a Time' posts are part of my family's Etsy Stories Project. For more info, go here.