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EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY > CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS > CARBON MONOXIDE

Definition:
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a toxic, odorless, colorless gas produced
during fossil fuel or biomass burning. It is one of the longest-lived,
naturally occurring atmospheric carbon compounds. The recent change in
tropospheric CO content may portend a change in the balance between
oxidants and reductants in the atmosphere. [Journal of Geophysical
Research;v95; 16443-16450;1990] [Scientific American;v261;
82-88;1989].


Reference:
Atmospheric and Air Chemistry Glossary from the Sam Houston State University.
http://www.shsu.edu/~chemistry/Glossary/glos.html