Can Water Naturally Flow Uphill? | Live Science


Earth’s gravity is strong, but can water ever naturally go against it and flow uphill?

The answer is yes, if the parameters are right. For instance, a wave on a beach can flow uphill, even if it’s for just a moment. Water in a siphon can flow uphill too, as can a puddle of water if it’s moving up a dry paper towel dipped in it.

Even more curiously, Antarctica has a river that flows uphill underneath one of its ice sheets. So, how does science explain these upward watery movements?

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