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    Carbonation and Solubility of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in Water

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    A miner working 260 m below sea level opened a carbonated soft drink during lunch break. To his surprise, the soft drink tasted rather "flat." Shortly afterward, the miner took an elevator to the surface. During the trip up, he could not stop belching. Why?

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    Air pressure changes with elevation. At higher elevations, there is less air pressure because there is less air pushing down. At lower elevations, there is more air pressure because there is more air pushing down. This can be demonstrated with a drive through the mountains. As a ...

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    This solution explains how elevation affects the solubility of gases in a real-life example of a miner with a soda. It is given in Word format.