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Posted 23 May 2011 - 05:37 AM

according to this site

http://www.chemguide...aseeqia/kw.html
(there are others)

a change in the temperature of water changes the pH level of that water.
I'm having trouble understanding it beyond, a temp rise of the water lowers the pH of that water, & wondered if anyone here could tell me how much a rise 0.6C would lower a pH of 8.2

thanks for any feedback


MB

according to this site

http://www.chemguide...aseeqia/kw.html
(there are others)

a change in the temperature of water changes the pH level of that water.
I'm having trouble understanding it beyond, a temp rise of the water lowers the pH of that water, & wondered if anyone here could tell me
how much a rise 0.6C to a stable temp of 17 C would lower a pH of 8.2

thanks for any feedback


MB


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 06:34 AM

according to this site

http://www.chemguide...aseeqia/kw.html
(there are others)

a change in the temperature of water changes the pH level of that water.
I'm having trouble understanding it beyond, a temp rise of the water lowers the pH of that water, & wondered if anyone here could tell me how much a rise 0.6C would lower a pH of 8.2 ...at 17C (ocean temp?)

thanks for any feedback

MB


So what don't you understand about that site? I was going to suggest it until I saw you'd already been. The key point is that the water molecules dissociate a bit more when the temperature rises, so you get a few more H+ ions floating around, which is expressed as more acidity (lower pH). That site draws very good pictures, although they expect you to realize that H3O is the same as H+ (they explain that about halfway through).
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The inquiry about pH of 8.2 makes me think of sea water and the ocean acidification problem, in which case this site below might be helpful:

http://www.ipcc.ch/p...h10s10-4-2.html

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Fig. 10.24: Changes in global average surface pH and saturation state with respect to aragonite in the Southern Ocean under various SRES scenarios. Time series of (a.) atmospheric CO2 for the six illustrative scenarios, (b.) projected global average surface pH and (c.) projected average saturation state in the Southern Ocean ...from Orr et al., Nature, (2005).

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