Researchers have now studied the impact of the smoke from Amazon fires on the glaciers of the Andes that run along the western edge of South America. Researchers discovered that snow and ice were being deepened, intensifying the melt time, also harming the supplies.
Melting tropical glaciers provide water for thousands and thousands of people within the put.
And they say the impact will be felt across the continent.
"Amazon deforestation and fires - events that occur mainly in Bolivia, Peru and Brazil - can not be considered a regional issue", de Magahales Neto told the BBC. He detailed how the fires have social involvement on a continental scale. An estimated 75 million people rely on water from Andean glaciers, so any disruption to glacial melting has the potential to affect the everyday lives of millions of people living in surrounding countries.
The first thing the study, published in Scientific Reports, set out to do was show that smoke plumes from forest fires in the Amazon could actually reach glaciers in the Andes mountains.
Focusing their analyses on the years 2007 and 2010 when fire seasons were the most critical for the Amazon Basin, the authors investigated the snow albedo reduction due to black carbon alone and black carbon in the presence of previously reported quantities of dust. The team shaped the action and effect of smoke particles from fires on Andean glaciers.
There they are deposited in snow and have the potential to increase glacier melting as the snow that is darkened by black carbon or dust particles reflects less light (reduced albedo).
The area that was "darkened" develops an increased process of absorption of the sun's energy, which identifies melting.
Whereas the findings have been important, the researchers acknowledged they did no longer advance as a big surprise: the identical route of has been seen in other locations within the sphere. "And shadowy carbon from the burning of fossil fuels and biomass all the diagram by the northern hemisphere has accelerated glacier melting within the Arctic".
What could the impact of this be?.
Melting glaciers produce water for an entire population in the area. On a global scale, the Amazon rainforests are the largest carbon sink that is important to take the edge off global warming but the excess carbon emission has had an impact on the global climate. The Amazon fires came in the spotlight in August this year after multiple reports emerged from the National Institute for Space Research, Brazil and NASA.