• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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The rugged badlands topography

To the Lakota, this harsh and desolate landscape was known as "mako sica," meaning “land bad." Early French trappers similarly described the area as “bad lands to travel across." Today, geologists consider all the places in the world with similar topography and formation badlands.