What does crying obsidian do in Minecraft?
Crying obsidian is a naturally occurring block composed of 2 blocks worth of lava with one block of water over it. This leaves the water on top solidified, while the lava underneath will still burn players, items and mobs nearby if not covered by a solid block.
Crying obsidian doesn’t have any in-game use currently that we know about offhand, but it does exist in real life as well! We recommend using cryogenic liquids to freeze an environment before harvesting from it.
Officially known as “tightly packaged liquid air or nitrogen storage” this process aids preservation by reducing microbiological activity, chemical reactions and preventing the crystallization effect. Cryonics is used to store tissues in order to keep them unchanged for decades or even centuries by subjecting them to extremely cold temperatures. The use of cryonic liquids is one step that helps better preserve biological tissues before placing them in storage freezers or dewars; containers consisting of materials such as glass, metal or plastic containing the frozen substance. These liquids do not freeze solid and instead become colder than water possible, which allows cryogenic storage to occur.
Cryogenic liquids used for this process are usually nitrogen and other inert gases such as helium and methane that can be cooled well below ambient air temperature without becoming a solid. This process safely prevents the tissues from degrading and in a way “freezing” them in time.
In-game, cryogenic liquids do not exist right now but may show up in future updates! We’ll make sure to come back here when we know more about its use in-game.