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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 02:23 PM
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24. Don't thrash, get body horizontal before you sink further and 'swim' ...
Quicksand is a mixture of sand and water that forms a shifting mass. It yields easily to pressure and sucks down and engulfs objects resting on its surface. It varies in depth and is usually localized. Quicksand commonly occurs on flat shores, in silt-choked rivers with shifting watercourses, and near the mouths of large rivers. If you are uncertain whether a sandy area is quicksand, toss a small stone on it. The stone will sink in quicksand. Although quicksand has more suction than mud or muck, you can cross it just as you would cross a bog. Lie face down, spread your arms and legs, and move slowly across

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Escaping from Quicksand According to The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, escaping from quicksand is easier than you might think. Stepping into quicksand is like stepping in a pond of goo. Your weight causes you to sink. A person's natural instinct is to thrash around in an attempt to get out. In fact, this is the worst thing you could do because you only succeed in forcing yourself down farther in the quicksand pit. The best thing to do is to move slowly to bring yourself to the surface, lie back, and try to float on your back. According to the experts, you'll be able to use your arms to slowly paddle to safety.

If you ever find yourself in a pit of quicksand, don't worry -- it's not going to swallow you whole, and it's not as hard to escape from as you might think.

The human body has a density of 62.4 pounds per cubic foot (1 g/cm3) and is able to float on water. Quicksand is denser than water -- it has a density of about 125 pounds per cubic foot (2 g/cm3) -- which means you can float more easily on quicksand than on water. The key is to not panic. Most people who drown in quicksand, or any liquid for that matter, are usually those who panic and begin flailing their arms and legs.

It may be possible to drown in quicksand if you were to fall in over your head and couldn't get your head back above the surface, although it's rare for quicksand to be that deep. Most likely, if you fall in, you will float to the surface. However, the sand-to-water ratio of quicksand can vary, causing some quicksand to be less buoyant.

"By the same token, if the quicksand were deep, as in up to your waist, it would be very difficult to extract yourself from a dense slurry, not unlike very wet concrete," said Rick Wooten, senior geologist for Engineering Geology and Geohazards for the North Carolina Geological Survey. "The weight of the quicksand would certainly make it difficult to move if you were in above your knees."


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  -Science sinks the myth of a slow death in quicksand Hobarticus  Sep-29-05 08:54 AM   #0 
  - Damn! There goes my favorite Ann Coulter fantasy:  LaraMN   Sep-29-05 09:00 AM   #1 
  - Can't jump through a plate glass window, either.  alarcojon   Sep-29-05 09:20 AM   #7 
     - I hate reality. eom  LaraMN   Sep-29-05 09:22 AM   #8 
        - I'm one of those people you hate to go to the movies with  alarcojon   Sep-29-05 09:35 AM   #9 
           - Most of my family is like this...  LynzM   Sep-29-05 02:12 PM   #22 
  - So basically you have to live forever in the sand???  Shell Beau   Sep-29-05 09:01 AM   #2 
  - OMG!!! That's like something out of a horror movie!  Hobarticus   Sep-29-05 09:04 AM   #3 
  - I am trying to find the story right now! I remember  Shell Beau   Sep-29-05 09:09 AM   #5 
  - Here is some of it. It was hard to find!  Shell Beau   Sep-29-05 09:36 AM   #10 
     - that is absolutely ghastly  Zuni   Sep-29-05 09:40 AM   #11 
     - Is today the day for ghost terms?  Shell Beau   Sep-29-05 09:57 AM   #12 
     - That is horrible  ComerPerro   Sep-29-05 02:06 PM   #18 
  - Seems like they could have brought in a back hoe or something and  qnr   Sep-29-05 10:13 AM   #14 
  - Well this was 1988 and supposedly the last death  Shell Beau   Sep-29-05 10:22 AM   #15 
     - I've heard that one of the reasons it's near impossible to  Sugar Smack   Sep-29-05 11:38 AM   #17 
  - I saw that! It freaked me out!  swimboy   Sep-29-05 11:32 AM   #16 
     - I thought I was the only one who saw it! Wasn't that  Shell Beau   Sep-29-05 02:11 PM   #20 
        - Yeh, those re-enactment things always have happy endings. That's  swimboy   Sep-29-05 09:55 PM   #25 
  - Uhm, that death sounds pretty slow and actually worse  Vash the Stampede   Sep-29-05 09:07 AM   #4 
  - oh, now you;ll tell me there are no ROUS either  northzax   Sep-29-05 09:12 AM   #6 
  - ROUSes?  LynzM   Sep-29-05 02:13 PM   #23 
  - The one method of saving someone based on this situation is a jetty pump  bleedingheart   Sep-29-05 10:05 AM   #13 
  - Oh, thanks. I'm going to have nightmares for weeks.  chaska   Sep-29-05 02:10 PM   #19 
  - You mean the following doesn't accurately reflect reality?:  darkblue   Sep-29-05 02:11 PM   #21 
  - Don't thrash, get body horizontal before you sink further and 'swim' ...  fleabert   Sep-29-05 02:23 PM   #24 
  - Oh, that was debunked years ago  Rabrrrrrr   Sep-29-05 09:56 PM   #26 
  - Having been in quicksand many times, it is easy to get very stuck  EstimatedProphet   Sep-29-05 10:04 PM   #27 
  - They tested this on Mythbusters.  tuvor   Sep-29-05 10:17 PM   #28 
  - Oh yeah?? But what about INTELLIGENT DESIGN, Mr. SmartyPartyPants!  Whoa_Nelly   Sep-29-05 10:35 PM   #29 
  - Proving INTELLIGENT DESIGN and quicksand!!  Whoa_Nelly   Sep-29-05 10:59 PM   #31 
  - Not to mention Gilligan's Island. n/t  RevCheesehead   Sep-29-05 10:37 PM   #30 
  - didn't you expect  KT2000   Sep-30-05 01:10 AM   #32 

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