>My near-sinking-experience

>December, and the so called rainy season  in Chennai, sure brings back a plethora of memories (good and bad). The other day, I was reminded of  a morning, say 7 years back (yes 7, not a typo). It was raining cats and dogs, there was one hell of a downpour. My dad and myself generally had to walk up to the end of the street for the school van and so we did, and while we were waiting there, we got the news that schools were declared a holiday.I was pretty happy, because our school declares a holiday only if we are in the middle of an ocean, not for torrential rains. So, why was this a bad memory again? This is why : on the way back to our home, my dad was a few steps ahead of me, when he suddenly turned back and saw something like this:

 Yes, he had the same expression as you, WHAT the hell IS that?! QUICKSAND! Aand, yada yada , he came and pulled me out of the mess (I was not THAT heavy back then ok!). But the point is, what would’ve happened if he wasn’t there?! I would NOT have sunk! Yes. It is NOT possible to sink in quicksand.Let me tell you why.
  Quicksand is made of: water, clay, salt aand…yea, sand. So, together they form a structure like a house of cards, with large water filled gaps between sand particles, loosely held by clay.It is safe when left alone, but when you step on it, it becomes million times runnier- its something like stirring a pot of yoghurt. Eventually, this house of cards comes stumbling down (with you inside it).Now, this is where the salt comes in- as soon as the clay particles liquefy, electrical charges make them stick together to form bigger particles.The result is a stodgy (yucky) layer of clay and sand, which is twice as dense as the original one. Wait. That means..YOU ARE STUCK! Well, I say next time, have your dad around or just be happy school’s out.

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