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Sulfur dioxide dissolved in and reacts with water to give sulfurous acid, but the equilibrium lies to the left and sulfurous acid is unstable. The acid must be trapped as a bisulfite or sulfite salt.

The chemistry is analogous to that of carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, the bicarbonate ion and the carbonate ion.

The solution is acidic, pH 1-3.

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Interaction, Reaction, Process defined as:
British A-Level Chemistry: A2
British A-Level Chemistry: AS
Decomplexation or Fragmentation
Elimination: First Order

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