Behold, the most badass way to heat canned ravioli:
Just kidding -- it's a terrible idea. Even if you do have molten lava in your backyard, this should go without saying: Don't try this at home.
Lowry has been photographing lava on Hawaii's Big Island since 1991, and recently began taking video of experiments placing canned food and drink items in active lava flows. His YouTube videos have, unsurprisingly, garnered a lot of attention.
"These are simple experiments showing people what does happen to certain objects when lava hits them," Lowry told The Huffington Post. "I never expected these videos to be so popular. Thought maybe a few hundred science-type people might watch and like them."
The videos, shot with a Nikon D800 and GoPro Hero 2, show red-hot, gelatinous lava devouring everything in its path, reducing the cans to a liquid state and burning up the contents.
"The items I put in melted down to nothing -- liquified into the rock itself," Lowry said. "There's nothing to find or dig up."
Lowry said he evaluates the volcanic activity and shoots video only if he feels it is safe. "I'm not interested in risking my life for a silly photo or video," he said. "I'm patient and shoot what the volcano lets me."
Kilauea volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983 and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The volcano makes up the southeastern tip of Hawaii Island, including Volcanoes National Park. Breakout lava flows, such as those seen in Lowry's footage, happen often on the Big Island, bringing lava into rural forested areas as well as residential areas.
Below, more of Lowry's captivating experiments:
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