Is quicksand real? (Thinkstock)
Is quicksand real?
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You asked us, "Is quicksand real?" and yes, quicksand is very real.
 
Is it like this?
 
Well . . . maybe.
 
Quicksand is usually a mixture of two things, sand and water, which is why quicksand is often found near riverbanks or beaches.
 
Sand is normally packed together pretty tight, and that's the reason it can support your weight, but if the sand gets flooded with water, all the grains loosen up and boom, you start sinking.
 
But not like in the movies, because you won't actually disappear under the quicksand but instead your body will displace an equivalent amount of water and then stop sinking.
 
Depending on your size and weight, you sink to your knees or your waist, something like that, but now you've pushed out all that water, and the sand is packed around you, you're stuck, really stuck.
 
But don't panic; seriously, don't panic, because panicky people flail around a lot, which will make you sink even deeper.
 
Instead, keep calm and try to lie back, because this distributes your weight more evenly, so you'll sink less.
 
Then, if you can, wiggle your legs and see if you can create a space for the water to seep back in and loosen the sand.
 
This could take a very long time, so the best idea is to get help.
 
Scream out loud or post an embarrassing selfie, and after you've been rescued, be sure to tell your friends, yes, quicksand is real.

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Where would you be likely to find quicksand?
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COMMENTS (77)
  • ShawnaWeiser-Ste
    9/02/2015 - 02:26 p.m.

    In movies, quicksand did not seem real because of how quickly you would have been "sucked into it. I still don't believe quicksand is really real do to the fact I have not encountered it before. But you never truly know until you have encountered it yourself.

    • nicholasj-bag
      9/08/2015 - 08:48 p.m.


      just because you cant see it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

  • andrew-hab
    9/03/2015 - 10:58 a.m.

    I think that this article is a really good one. I know that quicksand is real and it is really dangerous to a lot of people and animals.

  • marquay-hab
    9/03/2015 - 11:10 a.m.

    Haha, um, of course quick sand is real. There is google, there is videos, movies, and images. I mean, I have a cousin who went camping near and he was near quick sand, well so he says. I think its real.

  • dustin-1-hab
    9/03/2015 - 12:19 p.m.

    I think that quicksand is real because it can happen to anyone could get stuck. But I also think it's fake because it is really hard to find. But if you do don't get stuck.

  • carlys-sch
    9/03/2015 - 01:14 p.m.

    You can find quicksand by riverbanks and beaches.

  • julianap-sch
    9/03/2015 - 01:14 p.m.

    You'd be likely to find quick sand near river banks and beaches.

  • amberc-1-sch
    9/03/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    You would be likely to find quicksand around riverbanks and beaches.

  • arianao-sch
    9/03/2015 - 01:22 p.m.

    Near riverbanks or beaches.

  • brendanc-1-sch
    9/03/2015 - 02:02 p.m.

    i didnt think that quicksand was real but now that i read about it i really believe that its real and i will try to stay away from what looks like quicksand cause the only time i see quick sand is in movies and i would always be scared of it:)

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