Is quicksand real? (Thinkstock)
Is quicksand real?
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You asked us if quicksand is real.
 
Yes. Quicksand is very real.
 
Is it like this?
 
Well . . . maybe.
 
Quicksand is mostly a mixture of two things. It is sand and water.
 
That is why quicksand is often found near riverbanks or beaches.
 
Sand is normally packed together pretty tight. That is why it can hold your weight.
 
That changes if the sand gets flooded with water.  All of the grains loosen up. And boom! You start sinking.
 
But not like in the movies. You will not actually disappear under the quicksand.
 
Your body will move an equal amount of water. And then it will stop sinking.
 
It will depend on your size and weight. You may sink to your knees. Or maybe to your waist.
 
Now you have pushed out all that water. And the sand is packed around you. You are stuck. Really stuck.
 
But do not panic. Really. Do not panic. Panicky people flail around a lot. That will make you sink even deeper.
 
Keep calm instead. And try to lie back. This spreads your weight more evenly. This helps you sink less.
 
Wiggle your legs if you can. See if you can create a space for the water to seep back in. This should loosen the sand.
 
This could take a very long time. The best idea is to get help.
 
Scream out loud. Post a silly selfie. Be sure to tell your friends quicksand is real. That is after you have been saved.

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Where would you be likely to find quicksand?
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COMMENTS (65)
  • caleb-hym
    9/02/2015 - 02:54 p.m.

    near the the desert

  • dominiquem-nar
    9/02/2015 - 06:16 p.m.

    I wonder if this story is real because a lot of stories are made up. If it was real would this advice help you if it actually happened and were would it be located so people would know were not to go or step.

  • william1108-yyca
    9/03/2015 - 08:31 p.m.

    WOW! I never knew that there was such a thing as quick sand. I thought quick sand was just not real. I thought it was fake. But now that I have read this article I know that quick sand is real. I wish I could see quick sand in real life. I still will be careful and make sure that I don't go in quick sand.

  • edgarm-esc
    9/08/2015 - 01:12 p.m.

    I really liked this story so much information of quicksand

    • amandat-van
      9/10/2015 - 05:58 p.m.

      I love learning about quicksand

  • connerc-jen
    9/08/2015 - 02:43 p.m.

    that is wacky stuff

  • isabelled-jen
    9/08/2015 - 02:46 p.m.

    When you strugle why do you sinck in quicksand?

  • isabelled-jen
    9/08/2015 - 02:51 p.m.

    Do you like quicksand ,if you do tell me why?

  • laurenf-jen
    9/08/2015 - 04:29 p.m.

    Near riverbanks and oceans

  • chloe-eri
    9/10/2015 - 03:59 a.m.

    It would be likely to find near the beach or other muddy places. I have only seen in move, so I think quicksand can make die. Thank you for your information and now I know how to save from quicksand.

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