Badlands-The land

Friends, This image illustrates the two formations that make up the Little Missouri Badlands in North Dakota. Sediments layers that were deposited after the demise of the dinosaur were eroded by wind and water to form the rugged topography.  The hill nearest is topped by a red rock deposit, locally called scoria, that was formed by coal burning under a layer of bentonite clay.  When Lewis and Clark traveled through these badlands, they saw many of these burning coal veins.   As a child, i remember walking on the warm clay and peeking down through the cracks of an actively burning vein with great wonder.  So we begin a journey into a land lit by the setting sun and ancient fired formations.  til Tomorrow MJ

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About mjspringett

Nature Photographer, searching for questions and answers

Posted on March 18, 2012, in Badlands, Nature and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I went to the Badlands in Summer 1973. Such a beautiful place. Unfortunately I lost all of my pictures in the Great Hard Drive Crash of August 2005. Spent all that time scanning them, organizing them, naming them, and poof………………..

  2. Another lovely landscape, MJ 🙂

  3. What a breathtaking view – great photo!

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