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How does quicksand work?

Asked by Mtl_zack (6762points) May 16th, 2008
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guesswho's avatar

quicksand is a combination of sand and water. The combination forms at a consistency to where whatever falls in, so to speak, doesnt sink, but doesnt float… The reason you sink is because of movement. I think. That’s what I’ve always thought…. I think the combination has to be just right too. Have you tried wikipedia?
I’m curious now….

Mrs_Dr_Frank_N_Furter's avatar

I think it’s like that more you struggle the faster it pulls you in

babygalll's avatar

Here is some interesting information you can read. QuickSand

Mtl_zack's avatar

i was just curious because i saw the indiana jones trailer and it reminded me of quicksand, which is one of his feats of strength.

marinelife's avatar

Speaking of quicksand, this is one of the funniest videos I have ever seen. It’s called The Five Stages

eambos's avatar

The mythbusters proved that quicksand doesnt exist. The human body is less dense than quicksand, so you would just float to the top. They also showed that it wouldn’t be “quick,” it would actually be very slow.

marinelife's avatar

@Eambos, you are so right. I never knew that. I guess I never thought it would be a completely made-up phenomenon.

This article supports your Mythbusters data: quicksand

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