Carbonate System and pH. Why study the carbonate system? Involves carbonic acid – an example of an acid-base reaction pH of most water controlled by CO 2 Can be generalized to other systems: Phosphoric, Sulfuric, Nitric, Silicic etc. Model.
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CO2(g) = CO2(aq)
CO2(aq) + H2O = H2CO3*
CO2(g) + H2O = H2CO3o