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Why is it useful to describe the soil of a forest as a microbiome, and separate from the forest biome above it?

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The soil is considered a microbiome because it has conditions that are different from the forest biome above it. For example, the atmospheric level and the amount of carbon and nitrogen are different in the soil when compared to the environment above it. It also contains a community of microorganisms which behave differently from the plant and animals species in the forest biome.

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