Swim At Your Own Risk: Quicksand Myths Debunked

Monday, October 03, 2005

Quicksand Myths Debunked

Falling into quicksand isn't quite what it used to be. According to some new studies, instead of slowly sinking to your death, quicksand victims will actually float once they get about waist deep. Quicksand is a mixture of fine sand, clay and saltwater. Once agitated, the mixture transforms from a loose packing of sand on top of water into a dense, liquid soup.

Moving around just makes things worse so the advice is: Stay calm and eventually you'll float your way to safety. Stretch out on your back and just wait for your legs to pop free. Easy, right?

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