Why is soil erosion relatively less in dense forests as compared to barren, open fields?

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Why is soil erosion relatively less in dense forests as compared to barren, open fields?
Answer:
In dense forests, the tree cover (canopy) prevents rain water from directly falling on the’ ground/soil. Also roots of the vegetation bind the soil particles and hold them together. As a result soil erosion is minimised. But in barren, open fields the soil is exposed to the falling rain. The soil particles become loose due to the impact of raindrops and the flow of water carries them away The flowing water further erodes the soil surface aggravating erosion.