THE LOST BADLANDS of SOUTH DAKOTA

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OSB in the BADLANDS OF SOUTH DAKOTA

The BADLANDS were not really lost it was my pictures of the trip that were stuck in the Blue Screened Hell of my old computer. 

The Lakota Indians named this part of South Dakota "mako sica," meaning "land bad." 

The Badlands of South Dakota are located in the northwest part of the United States. 

 Here are the CliffsNotes of the THE LOST BADLANDS of SOUTH DAKOTA.

Road King with BADLANDS Background
 I still don’t really understand how they were formed I only know the Badland’s amazing to see!!

The colors of the rock formations were unbelievable. Stripes of bright white and pink, bases of yellow, gray and brown.

Badlands formations often occur along the bluffs-very steep and broad hill or small cliff, frequently next to larger river valleys or on the sides of sizable buttes-an isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and a small, relatively flat top.
The Badlands are a semiarid region with very sparse vegetation and high rates of erosion composed of alternating layers of hard and soft rocks and soil. When easily eroded material, such as clay or mud stone, is topped by more resistant material, such as sandstone, the harder horizontal layers offer some protection to the beds of soft deposits below. Uncovering layers of softer rocks or soil wash away quickly, while protected deposits form nearly vertical walls beneath the harder material.  The primary agent of weathering and erosion in the Badlands is water.

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Badland rains often falls in sudden, heavy showers moving swiftly & washing down the exposed hills, loosening grains and particles of rock.  Water and wind, instead of carving gentle hills and broad valleys, sculpt soft sedimentary rock into intricate mazes of narrow ravines, v-shaped gullies, knife-sharp ridges, buttes, and colorful pinnacles.   Badlands clay soaks up precipitation somewhat like a sponge as it dries the exposed soil cracks and crumbles, leaving loose rubble several inches deep on the surface of the ground.  The area being worn down usually lies well above the main drainage basin. When land is high water drains quickly, and the streams cut the bottoms of channels faster than the sides, forming deep and narrow ravines.

Around 65 million years ago, the land was forced up, and the sea slowly drained away. A jungle developed on the exposed seabed, transforming the mud and shale into a bright yellow soil. During the Oligocene- 23 million to 33.9 million years ago the climate, at first warm and humid, became cool and dry.  The lands to the west rose even higher, sediment-loaded floods washed over this level region, depositing layer after layer of mud, volcanic ash and sand.

Motorcycles in the BADLANDS OF SOUTH DAKOTA
Under pressure of successive layers, these sediments became soft rock.

Glossary
Ammonites - extinct ocean-dwelling invertebrates with coiled shells, classified in the same group as squid and octopus in the phylum Mollusca.

Baculites - extinct ocean-dwelling invertebrates with straight shells classified in the same group as squid and octopus in the phylum Mollusca.

Butte - a steep sided hill that usually has a smaller summit than a table or mesa.

Drainage basin - the area drained, through a valley system, by a river and its tributaries.

Eocene -the name given to the period of earth's history between 57 and 32 million years ago.

Erosion - the process by which earth or rock material is loosened or dissolved and removed from any part of the earth's surface.

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Fossils - the preserved remains or traces of animals or plants that once lived on the earth.

Oligocene - the name given to the time of earth=s history between 32 and 26 million years ago.

Paleontologist - a scientist who studies life of past geological ages based on the study of fossils.

Sediment - solid material, mineral and organic, that is suspended in water, air or ice, and is being transported from its place of origin.

Sod table - uneroded remnants within the badlands on which soil and plant life flourish.

Topography - the physical features of a district or region, the relief and contour of the land.

Weathering - the process, including chemical action of air and water, plants and bacteria and the mechanical action of changes in temperature, whereby exposed rocks decay and crumble into soil

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OSB in the BADLANDS OF SOUTH DAKOTA
OSB in the BADLANDS OF SOUTH DAKOTA
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Road King with BADLANDS Background
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