Suppose you had a bottle made of sugar glass, and filled it with water that was already saturated with sugar.
I know that with a fully saturated solution of sugar in water, no additional sugar can dissolve in the water. However, just like how a reaction in an equilibrium state simply has equal amounts of transformations between the two substances in both directions, could sugar from the water randomly precipitate and sugar from the walls of the container at those points in time dissolve into the liquid? If this process continued for long enough, the water could, hypothetically, dissolve its container and break free. My question is simply whether this could happen.
When thinking about this as a form of equilibrium, I’m reminded of the triple point of a substance—that, too, is an equilibrium, but even in equilibrium, the substance shifts between all of the states. I know these are not directly related in the sense in which I’m talking about, but it highlights what is possible for an equilibrium.
I would assume that whatever principle governs the answer to this question also applies to any substance dissolved to full saturation in any liquid, which is made into a container into which that liquid is placed.