Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Quicksand Myth Debunked: You Can Float Free

Quicksand Myth Debunked: You Can Float Free
By Bjorn Carey
LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 28 September 2005
01:10 pm ET


Falling into quicksand isn't quite as bad as some movies make it out to be.

Instead of being sucked all the way in, quicksand victims will float once they get about waist deep, according to a new study.

Yet while the risk of vanishing has apparently evaporated, escaping the muck is still a tough task: To pull one leg free requires the amount of force needed to lift a small car. There are tricks, however.

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