How does the surface tension of water impact living things?
.surface tension of water helps creatures(mostly of insecta class such as water striders) to walk on water.
.it also helps water to move up the xylem tissue of higher plants without breaking up.
surface tension results from hydrogen bonding in water molecules thus water molecules are held together by force making water surface appear like a net. the force of attraction between water molecules is called cohesion force, this nature of surface gives water two major characteristics; i) makes water surface as though it is a stretched smooth surface and ii) makes whole water as a one compact of molecules held together. the first characteristic is one that helps insects walk on water and the second helps water move up xylem tissues of higher plants as one column.