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Badlands

Badlands: A Graveyard of History, A Fron... Read More

Badlands: A Graveyard of History, A Fron... Read More

Badlands: A Graveyard of History, A Fron... Read More

Badlands: A Graveyard of History, A Fron... Read More

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Badlands National Park - South Dakota

For over 47 million years the landscape of Badlands National Park in South Dakota has been shaped by two natural forces: deposition and erosion. Read more...

The depositing of many different types of sediments such as clays, sands, silt, and shale gave foundation to these amazing sedimentary rock structures called Badlands. Slowly over time wind and water stripped away layer upon layer until the forces of nature sculpted these natural beauties into what they are today.
 
Eventually, because of erosion, the badlands will disappear completely and the world will reclaim them and new structures will form in their place. For now, they are sharply contrasted within the park by the largest undisturbed prairies in the United States. Once home to many Native American tribes, these people were driven out by homesteaders in the 1800’s. Remnants of native dwelling sites exist along with many other historic artifacts. This area is home to some of the most productive fossil hunting in the world, and more than 40 species are here for the finding. The park can be seen by driving the highway 240 loop, hiking any of its abundant trails, or taking a guided tour. One of the most interesting tours offered is the stargazing program highlighted by a yearly astronomy festival.