The thickness of the canopy is a result of the competition among plants for solar access. This high level of competition is a result of an extremely diverse ecology where sunlight is the main limiting factor. This is also why, in contrast to the canopy, the forest floor of a healthy rain forest is relatively open.
The thickness of the rainforest canopy is based on sunlight, but there is oh so much more to it than that. The rainforest canopy is part of the whole rainforest ecosystem. Without the canopy, the rainforest would not exist. There are actually scientists who focus only on the canopy of a rainforest because it is so rich with diverse species of animals and organisms. The rainforest itself is so rich with lifeforms, one could study it their whole lives and not fully appreciate everything it has to offer. In fact, with all the research that has been done over the years, there is still so much more we need to learn. Please refer to the link below for more information.
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