Shaping the Planet

Jagged, fractured mountains. Sloping streambanks. Rugged coasts. These natural features, and many more, take their shape because the forces of water, wind, and weather have acted upon them over time. As the surfaces wear down, erosion moves particles away, to be deposited in other locations. Discover national parks where the process of erosion takes center stage.


eroded sedimentary layers of the badlands
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Last updated: September 4, 2019