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Liquifaction is a made up word, but the process is totally real. If you find some sand that is saturated with water (think shores of the ocean, or on a river bank in a low lying area) you can jump on it. Go up and down a bunch of times and continue jumping while keeping your feet over the same spot each time. Pretty soon, you'll feel the ground start to get soft, and jiggle, and then, you'll sink into it!

It's the closest thing to quicksand that you'll find this side of the Sahara and it's tons of fun...that is, until you can't get out and the tide starts coming in.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    thats how quicksand is formed from the bottom up!!!!! and no tide tohelp you !!!!

    Broken Glass.

    Lol, good timing, I was canoeing the Econ yesterday, not too much wading, there had been a fish kill.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    All words were made up once. You didn't make that one up.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    It's a shrimp that tried to attack us while we were stuck in the sand. It actually was molting at the time and kind of freaking us out a bit. I know it's just a little shrimp, but we couldn't get out of the sand, and the tide was coming in, and well, you can imagine...