matric forces

matric forces

[′mā·trik ‚fȯrs·əz]
(geology)
Forces acting on soil water that are independent of gravity but exist due to the attraction of solid surfaces for water, the attraction of water molecules for each other, and a force in the air-water interface due to the polar nature of water.
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The distance, direction, and speed of travel are set by gravity, matric forces, and hydraulic conductivity.
The vacuum creates a force that opposes the pull of matric forces in the soil, and water ceases leaving the tube when the two are equal.