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Name: Erik
Status: student
Grade: 4-5
Location: New Jersey
Country: USA
Date: Summer 2013

Lava seems to always be orange or yellow, but can it be so hot that it is white hot or blue hot?

Hi Erik,

Thanks for the question. Yes, lava can be white hot (or blue hot), but it cools down when exposed to air. The white (or blue) indicates a much higher temperature than orange or yellow.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have more questions. Thanks Jeff Grell

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