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[Comment by Poutnik] Important is also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grotthuss_mechanism for the proton interchange. Mobility of H3O+ and OH- gives a hint it must be fast. If you compare the diffusion coefficient of hydroxide ($\pu{5.270e9 m^2/s}$) to that of fluoride ($\pu{1.460e9 m^2/s}$), you might be surprised to see such a difference despite their comparable ...


The key word is "mixing". If you take a glass cylinder and fill it halfway with D2O (the heavier water, so put it on the bottom) and fill the cylinder ever so gently with H2O, the mixing will be determined by diffusion (NO mechanical mixing). But the experimental techniques required to analyze and determine the rates would be expensive and time-consuming. ...

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