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Answered 2011-04-15 03:41:45

The attraction between water molecules and another substance is called adhesion. An example of this phenomenon is the absorption of water by a towel.

Water molecules are also attracted to each other by cohesion.

Adhesion and cohesion of water are both caused by the polarity of water molecules.

Molecules are said to be polar if they have opposite electrical charges at different ends of the molecule. Nonpolar molecules have none or evenly distributed charges (oil is an example of a nonpolar substance).

Since opposite charges attract, water is attracted to other polar (or ionic) substances.

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