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About Decomposition in the Tropics?

Decomposition occurs in the air about twice as fast as when a body is under water, and four times as fast as when buried underground. The decomposing tissues release green substances and gas, which make the skin blister and turn a green/blue color. This process begins with the abdomen. The front of the body swells, the tongue may protrude, and fluid from the lungs oozes out of the mouth and nostrils.

This unpleasant sight is made worse by a terrible smell as gases such as hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) and methane are released. This stage is reached after four to six days in temperate countries, but is much faster in the Tropics. Cold or dry conditions slow the process. In the Tropics, a corpse can become a moving mass of maggots within 24 hours.