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RV Day 35

Badlands National Park

They call it the Wall, extending a hundred miles through the dry plains of South Dakota. The Badlands is known as the best place in the world to study the effects of erosion. Layers of mud, sand and gravel for over 30 Million years have created fossils of many different prehistoric animals such as camels, crocodiles, sabre toothed cats and three toed horses as well as dinosaurs.

This area was once a portion of a giant salt water lake that drained after volcanic activity pushed the sea floor up. The hills are made of sedimentary rocks and clay rich soils and continues to erode away today as each season takes its toll. It has been described as one of the strangest and most spectacular landscapes on North America and we concur. The extremes of peaks, gullies and buttes surrounded by wide open prairies is somewhat strange, almost like they should not co exist. I guess that is one of its beauties.

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Posted by V3USA 18:41

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