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User Info Engineering .vs. Science Pt 2; entered at 2023-01-29 11:45:44
Chemman
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Registered: 2021-05-03 Concho Arizona
@TG; The buffering reactions aren't complex but they are contingent upon temperature and other reactions going on and that's where the lack of knowledge comes in.
Carbonate ions can react with any metal ion available and with the exception of the Group One metals and a couple of Group Two metals the resulting compounds are insoluble and precipitate out of the solution settling to the bottom.
Then there are the critters pytoplankton, corals and others that use carbonate to make a protective shell.
So most of the carbonate like you point out is removed from the system. Over long time frames some is returned via volcanism at subduction zones.
2023-01-29 11:45:44