Q. What is a siphon system ?

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Siphon can be described as a tube or pipe that allows liquid to flow from the higher level to the lower level. Siphon allows liquids to flow uphill, above the surface of the tank or reservoir, without pumps. Liquids flow down the tube under the pull of gravity. The liquid is discharged at a level lower than the surface of the reservoir or the tank. The pull on the surface of liquids from a higher to lower altitude is known as siphoning.

Siphon works because of gravity. The gravity pulling down on the taller column of liquid causes less pressure at the top of a siphon. The mass of water entering the tube and flowing upward is equal to the mass of water flowing downwards and leaving the tube. A siphon draws the liquid out of the reservoir until the level of the tube or pipe falls below the intake of the liquid. It continues to work until the outlet of a siphon equals the level of the reservoir.


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Siphon (mollusc) A siphon is an anatomical structure which is part of the body of aquatic molluscs in three classes: Gastropoda, Bivalvia and Cephalopoda (members of these classes include saltwater and freshwater snails, clams, octopus, squid and relatives)
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