What happens to a person in a container that drops a long distance?

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Offline thedoc

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Maarten Pieterse asked the Naked Scientists:
   What happen to a person in a container if the container falls a 100 metre e.g. the miners which were trapped in a container in the Lilly Mine and fell some distance?
What do you think?
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Offline Tim the Plumber

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1, Why is this in the wrong section?

2, They fall down and smash onto the floor when it stops. Splat.

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Offline Colin2B

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It all depends how they fall.
If the container is held by a crane and the cable fails then as Tim says "splat".
If the container is a lift in a shaft, most have safety brakes which lock against the sides of the shaft and slow the fall to a no-splat speed.
and the misguided shall lead the gullible,
the feebleminded have inherited the earth.

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Offline Bored chemist

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It's not the fall that kills you- the ground does that.
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Offline Ethos_

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Absolutely,..........

We've all heard the public safety add which says: "It's speed that kills."

I view things much differently myself............

"It's not speed that kills, it's the sudden and abrupt stop that causes all the damage."
"The more things change, the more they remain the same."

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Offline chris

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I had a graphical computer adventure once in which, if one fell off a high walkway and went splat, it would declare you had "suffered severe deceleration trauma..."
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Offline Colin2B

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I had a graphical computer adventure once in which, if one fell off a high walkway and went splat, it would declare you had "suffered severe deceleration trauma..."
Stricktly speaking it should have preceeded that with "you are suffering a severe acceleration trauma".
and the misguided shall lead the gullible,
the feebleminded have inherited the earth.

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It all depends upon the environment that the fall is taking place in. Air resistance due to air pressure could be a factor. Any friction applied to the falling container is another factor. In extreme environments tidal forces may also play a part.

Fixation on the Einstein papers is a good definition of OCD.