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carbon sink

noun
1.
areas of vegetation, especially forests, and the phytoplankton-rich seas that absorb the carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels
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Contemporary definitions for carbon sink
noun

in ecology, a natural environment that absorbs and stores more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it releases, which offsets greenhouse gas emission

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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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