Water seeping upward

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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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mathman
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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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