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Amazon rainforest fires and the American Midwest

(NBC) – The Amazon region’s vegetation and waterways are at risk due to this summer’s record fires, but scientists and researchers are also paying attention to weather.

An invisible atmospheric river that sends water vapor from the rainforest’s numerous trees help hydrate the land and provide moisture all over the South American continent. The continued loss of vegetation in the Amazon could have a cumulative effect on rainfall patterns around the Earth including the U.S. Midwest, threatening food production and destabilizing ecosystems, according to the experts.

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