Water climbs paper through capillary action

Water climbs paper through capillary action

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Caption: Capillary action. Water rising up a piece of paper due to the effect of capillary action. The wet area of paper appears whiter than the dry areas. Capillary action occurs because the attractive forces between the molecules of paper and water (adhesion) are greater than the attractive forces between the water molecules themselves (cohesion). The water therefore rises up the paper against the force of gravity.

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Keywords: adhesion, capillary action, cohesion, effects, in liquid molecules, liquid, paper, physical effect, physics, surface tension effects, wate, water

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