How does the soil help the tropical rain forest?
by feeding the plants
Would a soil sample from a temperate deciduous forest contain more or less humus than soil from a tropical rain forest?
A sample of soil from a temperate deciduous forest would be less nutrient-rich than the soil from a tropical rain forest, because the moisture would continually break down mulch to support a bigger variety of organisms. Tropical rain forests naturally support more species than a deciduous forest too.
Which is better suited for agricultural development Soil of a tropical rain forest or soil of a temperate deciduous forest?
Termites are vital recyclers in the tropical rain forest, where they feed on cellulose and soil. Tropical rain forests are warm and wet places with tall trees. In many places, it rains every day and the rain mixed with sunshine makes tropical rain forests burst with life. There is plenty of food in the rain forest and the decomposition rate is high. The termites have evolved many special features to adapt to different conditions in…
Which would be better suited for agricultural development the soil of a tropical rain forest or the soil of a temperature deciduous forest?
Actually, unless the rain forest is cleared there are no crops in the forest. The soil of the rain forest is not good for growing crops once the land is cleared of trees. The ecosystem of the rain forest is a special place. Some do try to clear the forest and plant crops like potatoes and coffee beans, but it is hard to sustain them for long periods of time.
Tropical rain forests are thought to be a type of tropical wet forest meaning the temperature is always 64 degrees F and at least 66 inches of rainfall per year. These rainforests are home to over half of all animal and plant species. The major changes that occur here are related to soil and nutrient recycling.
Rain forests have so many trees and living plant life that it is hard for the rainforest's to replenish its soil. But animals help. Animals in the rain forest are key to it survival. We all know everyone goes to the bathroom and so do animals. Their manure helps the rain forest replenish itself but also fallen trees and limbs help to by composting and all the nutrients go back in to the soil.
Most areas of the forest floor receive so little light that few bushes or herbs can grow there. Less than 1 % of the light that strikes the top of the forest penetrates to the forest floor. The top soil is very thin and of poor quality. A lot of litter falls to the ground where it is quickly broken down by decomposers like termites, earthworms and fungi. The heat and humidity further help to…
Typically, because the heavy nutrient cycling of tropical rain forests are so high, the top soil in these forests is very shallow- perhaps less than a meter. Once the forest is gone and the soil is used for farmland, it will never come back..... then the sun will beat down and further add to the stress of the land------ desert baby yeah.........
The tropical rain forest has a larger biodiversity. It usually has a really rich and varied understory with a lot of plants and animals. The soil is higher in nutrients than in the temperate forest. The temperate forest has seasons and less rainfall. The trees in the temperate forest loose their leaves in the cold season. Because the rainforest is warm all year around the trees don't lose there leaves.
The soil in the tropical rain forest is very nutrient poor. It's poor because the topsoil is only one to two inches thick and the soil beneath it is mostly clay and rocks. It also has been here for millions of years so the soil gas taken quite a beating. Plus, when it rains the water washes away all the minerals. Which, causes the soil to be very acidic.