Water and the Fitness of the Environment

Water and the Fitness of the Environment - Water and the...

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Water and the Fitness of the Environment Hydrogen bonding of Water molecules: Due to the polar covalent bonds that hold a water molecule together, Hydrogen bonds form where the negative Oxygens and the positive Hydrogens are located. The results of these bonds are as follows: 1. Cohesion: is the sticking together of similar molecules. Water is very cohesive. 2. Surface Tension: cohesion allows water to pull together and form droplets or form an interface between it and other surfaces. The measure of how hard it is to break this interface is its surface tension. 3. Adhesion: The sticking of one substance to another. Water is a good adhesive. It will cling on to many objects and act as a glue. Capillary Action is an example of cohesion and adhesion working together to move water up a thin tube. 4. Imbibition: The process of soaking into a hydrophilic substance. Water being taken into a sponge, into a seed, into paper towels. 5. High Specific Heat:
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