What IF You Were Stuck In Quicksand?


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Quicksand is actually the combination of water, clay and sand.  When your body is added to the mix it creates a very viscous mixture that objects, animals and humans can to be a very sticky situation.  Fortunately, like most scenarios, there is always a way out of the mess you find yourself in.

What is quicksand?

Darrel G. F. Long, a sedimentologist at the department of earth sciences at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, explains. Quicksand is a mixture of sand and water, or sand and air, that looks solid, but becomes unstable when disturbed by any additional stress.

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[sociallocker]The appropriate action to take is to remain calm.  Try to gently wiggle your limbs free.  This will create a pocket for water to fill into, allowing you to move your arms or legs up.  As you free yourself, try to spread your body across the surface of quicksand and crawl to hard ground.

Watch how Bear Grylls gets out of quicksand in the middle of the desert and what he does after he frees himself.


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There are many misconceptions about quicksand formed from Hollywood movies and cartoons.  In fact, most of the time, people will not drown in quicksand, but they can certainly get themselves stuck in it.  Quicksand is more commonly made of fine granular silt, sandlike. There is a form of dry quicksand that has a lot of air between the particles.  However, quicksand is more likely found near water.  Quicksand is very common.  Ever lose your shoe in the mud?

Written by Rick Sunderland

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