carbon sink

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carbon sink or carbon well
 
n
areas of vegetation, especially forests, and the phytoplankton-rich seas that absorb the carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels
 
carbon well or carbon well
 
n

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Main Entry:  carbon sink
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in ecology, a natural environment that absorbs and stores more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it releases, which offsets greenhouse gas emission
Example:  Forests and the oceans are major carbon sinks because much of the carbon dioxide produced elsewhere on the Earth ends up in these bodies.
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