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All the $$C—O$$ bonds in carbonate ion $$(CO_{3}^{2-})$$ are equal in length. Explain.


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In $$CO_{3}^{2-}$$ ion, carbon is bonded to three oxygen atoms. It is bonded to two oxygen atoms by double bonds and one with single bond.$$\text{ Bonds are not fixed and show resonance}$$ therefore, all $$C-O$$ bonds are equal in length. 
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