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Geosmin – a volatile, organic compound C12H22O that is formed especially by soil-dwelling bacteria (such as streptomyces) and aquatic cyanobacteria and that may contribute to the earthy, pleasant odour of petrichor or impart a disagreeable, musty taste and odour to drinking water and certain fish; derivative of decahydronaphthalene that has a strong earthy smell.

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