Ever wonder how molten metals react when poured into water?
Even if you haven't, the results are still pretty cool.
In a video released this week, the Backyard Scientist, who appears to have a thing for reducing elements to liquid on YouTube, melted pewter, tin, bismuth, lead, zinc, aluminum and thermite and dropped them into an aquarium to see what happens.
The metals with the highest melting points -- aluminum and thermite -- produced the most interesting results. The aluminum piled at the bottom, forming the equivalent of drip castles you might make at the beach, and the thermite remained on fire even as it descended through the two-foot tall tank.
The Backyard Scientist noted that he conducted the experiment because he's told that working with molten metals could kill him -- something he disputes to a certain degree. While what he's doing is dangerous and shouldn't be attempted at home, he emerged unscathed.
Incidentally, the metal with the highest melting point is tungsten, which at 6,170 Fahrenheit would likely prove problematic for a backyard experiment.
H/T Laughing Squid