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badlands

The Mancos Shale badlands in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.


Badlands are arid to semiarid areas of pinnacles, ridges, and gullies, usually lacking in vegetation, formed by heavy erosion of non-uniform rock. Because of the lack of adequate vegetation (due to climate or human intervention), rainwater runs off very quickly and erodes soft and exposed rock. The best-known examples are the badlands of southwest South Dakota and northwest Nebraska.