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Here Is Why A Dead Body Floats And A Living Body Sinks In Water

Even though a dead person weighs two times as much as their living counterpart, have you ever puzzled why the former floats while the latter sinks immediately?

In this essay, I'll explain why the dead float while the living sink according to the laws of physics. The Archimedes Principle explains why and how an object floats on water, and that's where I'm going to start.

The buoyant force acting upward on a body submerged in a fluid is equal to the weight of the fluid the body displaces, according to Archimedes' principle. If the volume of fluid displaced by the object equals the weight of the body, then the thing can only float on water.

We've Finally Arrived At The Reason For A Dead Body Floating.

When water replaces the air in the lungs of a deceased person, the body sinks to the bottom of the pool. The corpse remains submerged until the decomposition process has produced enough gas to lift it to the surface.

As bacteria feed on the decaying body, gases such as carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide are released. These gases inflate the body, causing it to float. Temperature, sunlight, and other such variables can all affect how long the procedure takes, so plan on it taking one to two weeks in total.

A Living Body Sinks, Here Is Why?

To put it simply, the water displaced by a live organism is less than its own mass. People with more muscle mass sink faster because of the greater density of their muscles in comparison to water, but people with higher levels of body fat remain aloft longer since fat is less dense than water.

Source: https://myschool.ng/questions/view/academic-questions/51070

https://www.tutorialspoint.com/why-a-living-person-sinks-and-a-dead-person-floats-in-water

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