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The center of the water has now risen, and so the water at the sides climbs a little higher up the tube (3). Water will continue to rise in this way until the weight of the column of water is equal to the attractive force pulling it upward. Capillarity occurs only in very narrow tubes because the weight of the water soon exceeds the force exerted by capillary attraction. Soil pores (see the sidebar) are connected, and they form passages through the soil that are narrow enough to allow water to move by capillarity.

Mangrove forests grow along much of the coast and are especially extensive in the Gulf of Papua, near Madang and Lae, and in the estuary of the Sepik River, shown on the map. GEOGRAPHY OF TROPICAL FORESTS Forests also grow on the wide, sandy beaches. These contain Burmese rosewood, also called Andaman redwood and amboyna wood (Pterocarpus indicus), used to make furniture; beefwood, also called bull oak and whistling pine (Casuarina equisetifolia); and Indian beech, also called karanja and thinwin (Milletia pinnata).

3. Water now rises farther up the sides. themselves to restore the bulge (2), which is as close to spherical as the tube allows. The center of the water has now risen, and so the water at the sides climbs a little higher up the tube (3). Water will continue to rise in this way until the weight of the column of water is equal to the attractive force pulling it upward. Capillarity occurs only in very narrow tubes because the weight of the water soon exceeds the force exerted by capillary attraction.

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