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Quicksand is created when water coming up from below ground holds sand and clay in suspension The moving water keeps the particles from sinking to the bottom. If you step in quicksand and get stuck, the most important thing to do is remain calm. You will not get sucked down past your head, you will stop sinking just past your waist. Think about floating in a pool. You float because the water is denser than your body. Quicksand is even denser than water alone so you can float easily in it. It is suggested that you try to lie on your back and float on the quicksand, then slither to safety like a snake. You can also try to crawl out on your hands and knees.
If floating or crawling doesn’t work, try moving your legs as much as possible. Moving your legs allows more water to mix in with the sand, making it easier to pull your legs out. The next time you are watching a movie where someone disappears into quicksand, point out to your friends that it is impossible to get sucked all the way under.
The main idea of this story is:
- A. what quicksand looks like.
- B. how quicksand is formed from cement.
- C. how to escape from quicksand.
- D. how to avoid getting stuck in quicksand.
From this story, you can conclude that:
- A. kicking your legs will cause you to float.
- B. people often panic when they get caught in quicksand.
- C. people die when they are sucked all the way down in quicksand.
- D. there is no such thing as quicksand.
Quicksand is created by:
- A. sand particles quickly drying together to make a kind of cement.
- B. water rising from below, suspending clay and sand.
- C. frozen water melting down into sand.
- D. water falling through sand.
From this story, you can predict that:
- A. getting caught in quicksand could be very frightening.
- B. getting caught in quicksand is a lot of fun.
- C. snakes cannot get caught in quicksand.
- D. it is impossible to get caught in quicksand.
Something to think about:
How would you keep yourself from panicking if you got caught in quicksand?
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