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in the southwest of the state of South Dakota is a mysterious looking landscape rugged and sparse a surreal looking desert of rock the badlands part of this strange landscape that looks like something from another planet originated the creation of the badlands came about due to a number of factors around 80 million years ago the region was covered by a large shallow inland lake as the water slowly drained away due to the drying out of the Earth's surface huge layers of mud and volcanic ash remained that with the passage of time gradually became elevated at that time there were several large rivers here thus the plains flooded quite frequently little by little the climate of what is now the Badlands National Park was transformed and with it the vegetation now savanna has replaced the tropical forests that once existed here it's difficult to believe that this barren landscape was once lush pasture land and home to a large variety of prehistoric animals the Badlands or unsound land as the Lakota Indians once referred to this area does indeed justify its name in one respect agriculture here is impossible for thousands of years this area has been settled by man and it was once a vital hunting ground for the indigenous inhabitants of North America the typical landscape of the badlands was mainly formed by two geological processes deposit and erosion for around five hundred thousand years the forces of wind air and water gradually shaped the mighty rocks that appear like huge walls across the badlands in some places the rock walls look like miniature mountains and everywhere one looks there are fascinating rock formations in addition to the striking formations it's the many colors contained within the rock that also focused the attention the various strata are not only of interest to geologists but also to the parks many visitors for whom the rock provides a good insight into the origins of the badlands conversely the Badlands Prairie features a large variety of grasses that are only to be found in this region of North America between the scattered rocks are a total of 56 varieties of grass that combine to form an ecological system that is unique in the world the planes we see here today are only a fraction of the size that they used to be once a third of North America consisted of Savannah the geological history of the Badlands is highlighted by its mighty rock walls and scattered scree the multicolored strata are clearly visible in the rock the oldest formations date back to the Cretaceous period from the various strata geologists are able to calculate the environmental conditions of times immemorial the lowest layers that date from the Cretaceous period were created by the deposits of a shallow lake that covered the Great Plains 80 million years ago above these ancient strata lay the subsequent settlement of the Shadrin formation from the eocene period the area once covered by the lake was often flooded by several rivers and with each new flood new strata were formed fossils discovered from within the Shadrin formation showed that around 32 million years ago this area was covered by dense subtropical forests today the now protected area of the bad land Prairie with its rare species of grasses is one of North America's most unique natural habitats the Badlands National Park not only provides geologists with an ideal landscape for their researches paleontologists also benefit from the weather-beaten terrain of South Dakota the southwest region also features several fossil excavation sites the first fossil discoveries were made by the Lakota Indians who were members of the Sioux Indian tribe in the middle of the 19th century fines of prehistoric skulls bones and fossils captured the interest of numerous European sitters remains of the original ancestors of a horse the meso hippies have been discovered in the Badlands National Park as well as the petrified bones of carnivores such as the cria Dalton and various now extinct Turtles in order to protect the fragile archeology that lies hidden in the ground various bridges have been erected however dinosaur fragments have not been discovered here the late eocene and illega seen periods featured mammals over the years much of this region of North America was plundered by numerous fossil hunters today the Badlands National Park is strictly protected and those who break the law risk heavy penalties despite the damage done to this area by fossil hunters it's still a paleontologists dream however many of its secrets have yet to be revealed the northern section of the park is easily accessible and therefore frequently visited a ring road leads to various vantage points a number of observation platforms provides splendid views of the seemingly endless and fascinating rocky landscape of the badlands this unique landscape has been a protected area since 1939 today's Badlands National Park was founded in 1978 the badlands is made up of three areas that total 96 thousand hectares unspoiled wilderness as far as the eye can see sage Creek wilderness area in the north of the park is the largest untouched prairie landscape in the USA for the native Indians the Prairie was an important hunting ground and the park also contains moments of dramatic history at the massacre of Wounded Knee on the 29th of December 1890 more than 350 native Indian men women and children were killed the slaughter at Wounded Knee marked the end of hostilities between the North American Indians and the pale-faced this massacre brought an end to the severe treatment by the American government of the native Indians much of the dusty barren and isolated landscape of the badlands has a ghostly atmosphere it is like nowhere else on earth yet its history of settlement dates back almost 11,000 years here and there sunflowers provide unexpected color amid the otherwise gray brown rock landscape the plant life here is sparse due to little rainfall so it is rock and dusts that dominate the landscape no matter where one looks the incredible rock formations catch the eye in every direction it may have an unsavory name but the Badlands of South Dakota is one of the most unique masterpieces of erosion on earth the rocks come in all shapes and sizes and they're constantly transformed the process of erosion is never-ending the vantage points feature breathtaking perspectives of these unique and natural works of arts new and even more impressive rocks appear from out of nowhere lifeless giants that help to reveal the geological history of North America when the Native Indians were expelled from what is now the Badlands National Park the white settlers moved in the homesteaders who traveled west shortly after the end of the American Civil War experienced severe living conditions here the land that was assigned to them by the government wasn't large enough for them to make a realistic living and this combined with little rainfall and the devastating dust storms that took place during the Great Depression also added to their misery for most of the farmers who settled in the badlands the dust storms of the 1930s brought financial ruin the forces of nature took their toll the homesteaders had no alternative but to move out and find new homes in other parts of the United States today the former settlement areas are uninhabited when the light is right the kanata basin overlook is without a doubt the parks most spectacular vantage point the rocky eroded landscape shines out in strong hues of orange such natural splendor makes it easy to understand why this vantage point is the most popular destination in the Badlands National Park since time immemorial both wind and rain have shaped the relatively soft rock into countless artistic looking formations the nearby yellow mounds overlook certainly deserves its name as it offers fantastic views across the yellow hills there is no vegetation in this section of the park however despite the hostile conditions the landscape is truly magnificent the first prehistoric inhabitants of this area must have been fascinated by the shining colors of yellow man's the mysterious allure of this amazing landscape is just as strong as ever the parks main road is the badlands loop road that leads to nine vantage points each one of which offers a marvelous view along the way numerous information boards describe the history of this dusty world of rock and stone apart from yellow man's the darker looking layers of schist are the oldest geological rocks in the badlands the gray rocks were their characteristic Peaks highlight the huge amount of erosion that has taken place here part of Macau Sica or unsound land as the sewon's refer to this area is today once again administered by the native Indians everywhere the landscape provides new and striking insights into the past one of the oldest finds was a number of spearheads that are over 9,000 years old ancient hunters lived as nomads and roamed the large prairies in the west of North America in this search for huge herds of bison for thousands of years these hunters lived in harmony with nature the first more developed Indian civilizations came in the 15th century the lakota tribe that lived in the 17th century was dependent upon the region's bison the herds often contained more than a million animals over 50 million bison once inhabited the prairies of North America but the arrival of the white settlers changed everything the introduction of firearms brought about the near total annihilation of these magnificent creatures and the Prairie Indians lost their traditional way of life the Bison almost became extinct the Badlands National Park also plays an important role in the protection of smaller animals such as the Blackfoot ferret Gophers are particularly common and they can often be seen in the grassy sections of the park the Bison that were nearly made extinct by unscrupulous white hunters were eventually saved but uses strict regulation the numbers of these powerful inhabitants of the Prairie have now increased to around 350,000 the Badlands National Park contains landscapes that could hardly be more diverse a surreal looking desert of rock and the seemingly endless plains of the North American Prairie Badlands may be its name but in no way describes the unspoiled magnificence oh it's spectacular scenery you
Travel video about nature park Badlands in the USA.
In the south west of the state of South Dakota is a mysterious-looking landscape that is rugged, sparse and a surreal-looking desert of rock that is colourfully known as the Badlands.For around five hundred thousand years the forces of wind, air and water have gradually shaped the mighty rocks that appear like huge walls across the Badlands. In some places the rock walls look like miniature mountains and everywhere one looks there are fascinating rock formations. In addition it is the many colours contained within the rock that also focus the attention. Conversely, the Badlands Prairie features a large variety of grasses that are only to be found in this region of North America. Between the scattered rocks are a total of fifty six varieties of grass that combine to form an ecological system that is unique in the world. Paleotologists also benefit from the weather beaten terrain of South Dakota as the south west region also features several fossil excavation sites. Remains of the original ancestors of the horse, the Mesohippus, have been discovered in the Badlands as well as the petrified bones of carnivores such as the Creodonten and various now-extinct turtles.Badlands may be its name but in no way does it describe the unspoiled magnificence of its truly unique and spectacular scenery.
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