How to escape quicksand
Quicksand, formed when sand becomes so saturated with water that it can no longer support weight, can be dangerous—animals and people have died after becoming stuck in the sludge. But an encounter with quicksand doesn’t spell certain doom, as some movies might lead you to believe. Your body is less dense than the quicksand so it’s nearly impossible to completely sink (or be sucked under) if you stay calm. To escape, slowly pull each leg to the surface. Once you’re horizontal, either on your stomach or on your back, you’ll float better and be able to wriggle your way to solid ground.