Quicksand, found in different parts of the globe, has always caused fear in people. It is generally accepted that this sand, which looks no different from the usual one nearby, is fraught with a mortal danger for anyone who steps on it. There are many stories about how these sands sucked their victims in until there was no trace of them. However, in reality, quicksand does not have such power. If you have an idea of \uXNUMXb\uXNUMXbwhat it is and how to behave correctly, then quicksand will not bring any harm.
It is generally accepted that quicksand can only be found in deserts. However, quicksand, or quicksand, usually appears near the mouths of large rivers and on gentle banks (there is also a danger of falling into quicksand on the plains and, in rare cases, in the mountains). These sands are formed due to the fact that under them there is a dense layer of clay that does not let moisture into the ground. This leads to the accumulation of rain and river water in the sand. The accumulating water dilutes the round grains of quicksand, and they seem to float in it. That is why they are not able to hold heavy objects on the surface.
Contrary to popular belief, people who get on quicksand do not drown in it at all. Since quicksand contains a lot of moisture, you can swim in them like in water. It is also important that quicksand is denser than water, and therefore it is easier to stay on the surface in it.
"Prisoners of quicksand" often die, but this happens for other reasons. For example, being immobilized, they can die from dehydration, solar radiation, high tide (if the sands are near a body of water), etc.
If you ever find yourself on quicksand, then remember to move slowly enough. You need to try to lie on your back with your arms spread wide. This allows the sand to flow around your body, as it does when you swim in water. In this case, you can not be afraid for your life.
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