carbon sink

carbon sink
UK / US noun [countable]
Word forms "carbon sink":
singular carbon sink plural carbon sinks
an ocean, forest, or other area of vegetation (= plants and trees) that helps to protect the environment by taking in large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

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