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Why during chromatography must the paper NOT touch the sides

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why during chromatography must the paper NOT touch the sides of the test tubes in which the experiment is being carried out?



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I am not sure but could our results get smudged or distroted?
if so I still can't work out how? could it be that the solvent does not run in a straight line :S
 

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What might happen if the glass wall started wicking solvent from the chromatogram during the experiment?
 

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