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