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Water seeping upward

  1. Apr 26, 2009 #1
    Why will water seep upward, against gravity, through a paper towel that has one end dipped in it? Is it some quirk of surface tension?
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  3. Apr 26, 2009 #2


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    I wouldn't call it a quirk. It is a very common phenomenom, most important for plants, where water goes from the roots to the rest of the plant, carrying nutrients.
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