Human Anatomy and Physiology

If a dead body has been embalmed and you submerge it in water will it still build up gasses and float?

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August 19, 2008 7:56PM

In short no. The reason a submerged body wil float is because of the gasses created by bacteria as they degrade the organic matter. Once tha body has been enbalmed it will not rot, the bacteria will not act on it and thus not create the gasses.