How to Create Carbonation

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Do you know what happens when you mix salt and a carbonated beverage? A chemical reaction!

How does it work?

The unique reaction of salt and coke, called nucleation, is due to the rough surface of a grain of salt. When salt is added to the carbonized soda, the carbon dioxide suddenly has more points to react with water and form carbonic acid.

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