Definitions for "Sinks"
Sinks, or carbon sinks, are the ecosystems, principally forests and oceans, which remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by absorbing and storing it, thereby offsetting carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon sinks can also include the re-injection of carbon dioxide into oil reservoirs.
Within the Kyoto Protocol sinks include land-use change and forestry activities. Countries may secure credits from reforestation and afforestation activities but they also have to report emissions from deforestation.
processes or places that remove pollutants or greenhouse gases from the atmosphere
Sinks in restrooms are washbasins, basins or receptacles usually connected with a water supply and drainage system for washing hands and face.
A saucer shaped depression in the earth's surface, usually found in limestone regions, through which water may enter the ground and pass along an underground course.
Interrupted drainage develops on limestone or dolomite beds through the dissolving action of water on the formation. Consequently, streams can disappear into subterranean caverns, often not re-emerging until they have traveled underground for a considerable distance. The term sink (or sinkhole) or karst drainage is sometimes used to describe this unusual stream pattern.