Pearls dissolve in vinegar!!!!
- Pearls are expensive, it sounds somewhat strange that they dissolve in vinegar a house hold chemical.
- Chemically there is nothing strange about it. Pearls are basically Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) like marble and lime stone.
- We know that carbonates and bicarbonates react with acids liberating CO2forming the corresponding salts.
- Vinegar is acetic acid (10%), so pearls will naturally dissolve in vinegar.
- The following list gives the equation of the reaction of any CaCO3 containing substance found in nature with most acids.
- Substances which are mainly made up of Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) are
- Marble, lime stone, agricultural lime, pearls, shells of marine organisms, snails, oysters, eggs even bones .
- It is commonly used medicinally as a calcium supplement or as an antacid, but excessive consumption can be hazardous.
- As building material: The Taj mahal, the outer covering of the great pyramids is made of marble.
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