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Metal carboxylates such as magnesium 2-ethylhexanoate are substances consisting of a metal cation and a carboxylic acid anion. Based on the solubility of magnesium 2-ethylhexanoate in water (107.4 g/L at 20 °C), a complete dissociation resulting in magnesium ions and 2-ethylhexanoate ions may be assumed under environmental conditions. Abiotic degradation is not relevant for magnesium ions. After evaporation or exposure to the air, 2-ethylhexanoic acid will be slowly degraded by photochemical processes. Due to the structural properties, hydrolysis is not expected to be an important fate path for 2-ethylhexanoate.

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