Carbon dioxide is the byproduct
of many chemical and biochemical reactions. Fossil base fuels and
other organic materials such as wood can burn and produce a large
amount of carbon dioxide.
A solution of carbon dioxide in
water also known as carbonated water is a weak acid called
carbonic acid. Carbonic acid is corrosive for many metals, however
it is also a good preservative for many food products. Since
carbon dioxide exists in the air, it can naturally be absorbed by
surface waters, rain or snow.
Because of the properties of
carbon dioxide, it is important to know the solubility of carbon
dioxide in water at different temperatures.