HARD (ER) KANJI - JLPT 2 KYUU
The top part means kusa grass. The bottom is kawa river. The middle means to die. So the kanji shows a wild place where there is no grass or river.
|あらい：こう violent; rude; wild：あれる become rough|
|荒い arai - wild, rough
荒れ地 are chi - desert, wasteland