Do you feel like you're drowning in Quicksand? If you ever were stuck
in Quicksand - the real thing - would you know what to do? Sherlock Holmes was once
stuck in Quicksand and he made it out alive. So is this article about Quicksand or
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Emerging From Quicksand
The above title is not a metaphorical phrase describing an escape from some manner
of emotional turmoil. That may of course prove to be of greater relevance to most
of our lives, as many among us are not in the Amazonian jungle. Even so, who can predict
future events and locations, however improbable? If you indeed fell into quicksand,
would you not say to yourself, "I wish I had read a guide on how to emerge from quicksand?"
Indeed, you would! Admittedly, such a guide may have a target audience of one, yet
I nevertheless take upon myself this odd but worthy task.
There are several, common misconceptions regarding this seemingly fatal mixture of
soil and water, most especially in film depictions. In a recent movie adaptation of
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, "The Hound Of The Baskervilles," we find the brilliant Sherlock
into quicksand as he crosses a vast, ominous moor. His initial--and entirely comprehensible--instinct
is to move in order to free himself. As he begins to sink, he examines his surroundings
for something to hold onto (the proverbial tree branch, perhaps?) Suddenly, as the
desperation mounts and the drama reaches a fevered pitch, his friend and colleague,
Dr. John Watson, emerges from somewhere in the thick darkness to rescue him. Removing
his well-tailored coat, he tosses one end of it toward Holmes and grasps the other
end, pulling him out of the deadly depths. (Well tailored indeed, as the coat does
not suffer so much as a minor tear in the ordeal!)
In reality, Dr. Watson need not have sullied his coat and the probability of Holmes
sinking chest-deep into the dense matter is remote. According to Nicholas Bakalar
of NationalGeographic.com, a person cannot descend into quicksand beyond his or her
waist. Not only this, it seldom reaches down beyond a few feet.
Watson's heroic but misguided attempt to rescue Holmes would have likely resulted
in tragedy: Had Watson tugged on the coat with sufficient force, Holmes would have
been pulled in two.
Whatever the depth, it is unwise to follow your natural instinct to violently thrash
about, as this results in sinking at a more accelerated pace. The density of quicksand
is greater than that of water, thus causing you to float more easily upon the former--so
long as you remain calm. While Holmes's fictional predicament was no doubt precarious,
his objective would have been better executed by reducing viscosity through relaxed,
slow movements. According to geologist Denise Dumouchelle of the United States Geological
Survey, "When someone steps into quicksand, their weight causes them to sink, just
as they would if they stepped into a pond. If they struggle, they'll tend to sink.
But, if they relax and try to lay on their back, they can usually float and paddle
Depending upon the thickness of the quicksand, you may have to try different methods
to extricate yourself. It is advised that you move your legs in a circular motion
if the matter is not especially thick. Otherwise, you should be able to gradually
pull your legs out as you float upon your back.
If you discover yourself growing weary from your concerted efforts, take time to rest.
You will be unable to do much if you are exhausted.
This is wonderful news for those who enjoy trekking through jungles!
In actuality, quicksand can form anywhere under the proper conditions. Beaches, marshes,
and riverbanks can be especially vulnerable to quicksand formations. Although it is
often portrayed as a human-sucking vacuum from which no one can escape (much
like Yeaworth's, "The Blob"), quicksand is actually water-saturated, grainy soil that
is rarely the life-threatening entity it is portrayed to be. Even so, it is best to
take common sense, preventive measures in order to avoid such scenarios. Do not trespass
in areas that specifically warn of quicksand and, if at all possible, have a friend
accompany you on hikes.
Sherlock Holmes did neither. Of course, he was too preoccupied battling against a
malicious, other-worldly hound to read a quicksand guide.
Fortunately, you are not.
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