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What is the mechanism of it?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Could be capillary action. If you have ever seen a micropipette...

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Hmm...

And how does capillary action work?

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They say it is caused by adhesion and cohesion of the liquid. They describe it as a fluid moving against gravity as long as the tube is very narrow.

Trouble is when you are using a micropipette which is a very, very thin tube. If you keep your thumb over the top no capillary action takes place. When you remove your thumb, presto liquid is drawn into the tube.

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Doesn't it seem very contradictory to common sense?

When the liquid goes up, some work is done, where does the energy come from?

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Doesn't it seem very contradictory to common sense?

To a theoretician maybe. But every lab student in chemistry and microbiology used to be able to make a pipette. I have seen the effect occur many times.

In a tree, the channels are very thin. this would allow for capillary action. The action would be assisted by the fact that evaporation occurs at the the leaves creating a pressure difference between the top and bottoms of the long canals. SAp would thenm be forced up through them.

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The action would be assisted by the fact that evaporation occurs at the the leaves creating a pressure difference between the top and bottoms of the long canals. SAp would thenm be forced up through them.

That is what exactly in my book. I just can't agree with that. There must be some pumping somewhere in the xylem

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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There might be, also in living things unknown processes might be taking place. Even a plant has consciousness and will.

But a micropipette is nothing but a very thin glass tube. There is no pumping just what they describe as capillary action. We assume the same effect is happening in the plant.

In science, we seek the simplest solutions.

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Even a plant has consciousness and will.

Do they have brains?

I still do not understand the micropipette action. I've seen such things though. I still do not understand **why** it should work.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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There was a researcher named Cleve Backster whose work I read about when I was very young claimed that they did.

I still do not understand the micropipette action. I've seen such things though. I still do not understand why it should work.

Have you ever seen a meniscus?

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No. Whazzat?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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When a liquid is poured into a test tube the top behaves like one of those pictures. That is called a meniscus. In chemistry you measure the volume of the liquid using the meniscus.

Wikipedia wrote:

Capillary action acts on concave menisci to pull the liquid up, increasing favorable contact area between liquid and container, and on convex menisci to pull the liquid down, reducing the amount of contact area. This phenomenon is important in transpirational pull in plants. Honey, water, milk etc. have a lower meniscus. When a tube of a narrow bore, often called a capillary tube, is dipped into a liquid and the liquid wets the tube (with zero contact angle), the liquid surface inside the tube forms a concave meniscus, which is a virtually spherical surface having the same radius, r, as the inside of the tube. The tube experiences a downward force of magnitude 2πrdσ

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The force comes from where?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Beats me! Physicists love to talk jargon.

From the point of an experimentalist, capillary action works. With it we used to catch a single Paramecium while he was happily swimming in a drop of water.

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I would say, its a miracle!

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Yes, it is amazing. As I often say, you do not have to understand something to admire and use it.

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Isn't science more about why than how?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It is not supposed to be. Science is observation. It is the how. The why can never be known.

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Do we call the why mathematics?

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Mathematics could be described as a game. That is called Formalism. Some mathematicians know that it has no real basis in reality.

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I would rather add Ascent of sap to one of the most miraculous ideas list

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It sounds kind of sappy to me.

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sappy?

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Ascent of Sap

Sappy: Containing a lot of sap, foolish.

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Well, when the water is pulled up during capillary action some work is done. Who gives the energy?

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