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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, 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.
 
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, so you're stuck, really stuck.
 
But don't panic, seriously, don't panic. 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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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Where would you be likely to find quicksand?
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COMMENTS (126)
  • raigenb-moo
    9/03/2015 - 10:07 a.m.

    I think it would be really scary if I got caught in quicksand. This article would be very helpful if I did get caught in it.

  • morgand-moo
    9/03/2015 - 10:07 a.m.

    I like this article because I didn't know quicksand was so exaggerated in the movies. Even if you don't sink all the way, that would still be scary. I'm claustrophobic so I would freak out if that happened to me.

  • kamyac-moo
    9/03/2015 - 10:07 a.m.

    Quick sand sounds like a snake that lives under the sand.

  • mackenziec-1-moo
    9/03/2015 - 10:07 a.m.

    This make sense now. When you walk in the creek I always wondered why I would sink down to your knees in sand. But now I see that it's just because there's a lot of water mixed in with the sand.

  • sidneyw-moo
    9/03/2015 - 10:07 a.m.

    I didn't think quicksand could actually kill people. But now I know how to get out of it if I find myself in one.

  • leslies-moo
    9/03/2015 - 10:08 a.m.

    I've never crossed quick sand. The movies sometimes freak me out and I would say to myself, I'm never going into the tropical. Anyway I really thought you would get stuck in it for real. But after reading this article I know now that you really don't really sink.

  • mckenzieb-1-moo
    9/03/2015 - 10:08 a.m.

    I figured quicksand was a real thing but I wasn't sure how it work or made you sink, but now I know that a mixture of water and sand is the main reasoning.

  • makaylar-moo
    9/03/2015 - 10:09 a.m.

    I literally thought quick sand was something you would only see in movies like Indiana Jones. I always watched those movies and was terrified to walk on sand for fear I might sink and never return. Now I know yes I'm going to sink but I will, eventually, get out.

  • laylaw-moo
    9/03/2015 - 10:10 a.m.

    This article is very interesting. At first, I wasn't really sure quicksand even existed. I learned from this article the places you can find quicksand and how to best escape from it if you get stuck.

  • colbyd-moo
    9/03/2015 - 10:10 a.m.

    I found this article very interesting I did not know that you would not sink all the way down I always thought you did. I also liked that they told you ways you could escape like if you wiggle your legs it would create space so you could get out that's something else I did I know.

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