I am asking myself this question, can you please help if you know an answer:
which reaction is faster biologically?
CO2 —> HCO3 + H+ (hydration) taking place outside the cell.
CO2<— HCO3 + H+ (dehydration) taking place inside the cell
The first one is easier to induce, which would in turn cause the cell to dehydrate anyway. It also depends on whether the cell is a plant cell or an animal cell. The cell walls are pretty tough and can resist a certain amount of pressure.
It’s an animal cell , if that helps.