Anonymous asked in TravelUnited StatesLas Vegas · 1 month ago

How do bodies decompose in a casket? Where does the matter go?

6 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    dust... lots of dust

  • Daniel
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    First, what the hell does this have to do with Las Vegas travel?  Try moving this to a science category.

    What happens depends on things like what the coffin is made of, how the body was embalmed, the chemical properties of the soil (acidity, etc), things living in the soil (microbes, worms, etc), humidity, moisture content of the soil, and probably a few other things that I'm not thinking of.

    Parts that are eaten by microbes and other critters get turned into the products of digestion and respiration and end up wherever that creature deposits them.  Parts that decay through as simple chemical reaction stay in place in whatever form they are changed into or move through the soil (ie gases may rise, solids and liquids may go down or sideways, depending on diffusion and movement of water in the soil).

  • 1 month ago

    The matter doesn't "go" anywhere. The body decomposes and becomes kind of oozy.

  • martin
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It turns to dust all but the large bones. This is why you see skeletons on Halloween, which began as All Souls Day in Europe, when people visited the cemetery the day after present-day Halloween in America.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    If the casket is hermetically sealed, it turns into liquids and gases. Archaeologist dug up some well-sealed metal caskets in Maryland a while back that had been there since British Colonial times. They were full of liquid. Eew.

    • Megan1 month agoReport

      What if it's wooden and not sealed?

  • Mog
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It turns into dust 

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