This is a great question--you could probably find
someone to pay you to do research on this
question. I have not spent years researching this
question, so I can only guess.
I think carbonation probably does affect how fast
a liquid evaporates. After all, these factors can
affect evaporation rate:
- Surface area (bubbles increase it),
- Concentration of solutes dissolved in the
liquid and already in the air (carbonation
involves dissolving carbon dioxide into the
- Convective motion (the moving bubbles
carry gas around).
The complicated part is how these factors
affect the evaporation rate. More surface area
means faster evaporation, but concentration and
convection affect evaporation in complicated ways.
Maybe when you combine all these effects,
carbonation increases evaporation rate, or maybe
it decreases it. Or maybe these factors all
balance out so carbonation does not affect how
fast a liquid evaporates. The answer might
depend on how hot it is outside, on what kind of
liquid you have, or other things I haven't thought
If I were a manager at a company (maybe one
that sells soda, for example) that needed to know
the answer for something specific, I would hire
some scientists to study this question.