Is quicksand real? (Thinkstock)
Is quicksand real?
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You asked us, "Is quicksand real?"
 
Yes, quicksand is very real.
 
Is it like this?
 
Well . . . maybe.
 
Quicksand is usually a mixture of two things, sand and water. That is why quicksand is often found near riverbanks or beaches.
 
Sand is normally packed together pretty tight. That is 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 will not actually disappear under the quicksand.
 
Your body will displace an equal amount of water and then stop sinking.
 
You sink to your knees or your waist depending on your size and weight. Or something like that.
 
But now you have pushed out all that water. And the sand is packed around you. So you are stuck, really stuck.
 
But do not panic. Seriously, do not panic. Panicky people flail around a lot. This will make you sink even deeper.
 
Instead, keep calm and try to lie back. This distributes your weight more evenly, so you will 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. After you have 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 (381)
  • christopher-hym
    9/02/2015 - 02:48 p.m.

    Near rivers and at beaches

    • karelyg-mab
      11/06/2015 - 11:50 p.m.

      I agree with christopher because in the article it said quicksand is mostly near by riverbanks and beaches since they include water

  • dominiquem-nar
    9/02/2015 - 06:13 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.

    • curieladrian-kid
      10/07/2015 - 03:02 p.m.

      i think it would

      • montollaanitra-kid
        10/08/2015 - 10:48 a.m.

        wellllllll I think not.

        • herrera-tarangoanalycia-kid
          10/08/2015 - 11:40 a.m.

          well i think yes .

        • carrillodezmarae-kid
          10/08/2015 - 01:58 p.m.

          well I think yes

      • hicks-warrenbrigitte-kid
        10/08/2015 - 11:41 a.m.

        I agree.

        • howardchristian-kid
          10/08/2015 - 12:01 p.m.

          ME TO :)

          #BYALSS

      • carrillodezmarae-kid
        10/08/2015 - 01:58 p.m.

        i think it would

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