Rainforest soil is not rich or fertile.
Rainforest has rich topsoil but this soil is very thin over hard clay.
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Rich Rainforest Soil Is Thin
Dead plants and leaves fall in the jungle. They rot on the forest floor. This makes the top dirt very rich.
The rich dirt of the rainforest is very thin. Hard soil called clay is under the rich dirt.
Plants can not grow in the clay soil.
When people cut and burn the jungle, rain washes the rich soil away.
No plants fall and rot. The rich soil is gone forever.
Pretend you are a kid living in the rainforest. Why do rotting plants make the soil rich in the jungle?