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A gaseous compound of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms, CO2. It is colorless, odorless, incombustible, and is soluble in water. Its dissolution in seawater is important to understanding the global carbon cycle. One of the major greenhouse gases. Human-generated carbon dioxide is caused mainly by the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. The chemical formula for carbon dioxide is CO2. Long-term measurements of CO2 in the atmosphere are conducted at Manua Loa, Hawaii and several international monitoring stations around the world
Adapted from: Webster's College Dictionary. 1991. Random House.