Why are the Badlands called the Badlands?


Badlands National Park in South Dakota is called "the Badlands" because of the geologic formations found in the park, according to the National Park Service. When soft sedimentary rock erodes in a dry climate, it results in steep slopes and sharp spires, which are known as Badlands.

The name "Badlands" also has a historical connection. The National Park Service explains that the Lakota people originally called the area of the Badlands "mako sica," which means "land bad" because of the area's dry climate, extreme temperatures and rough terrain. Today, people travel from around the world to see the rock formations at Badlands National Park.

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