The Badlands of South Dakota, in the western region of the USA, is a mysterious and hostile area that originated 80 million years ago when it was covered by a shallow ocean.
Today, it is difficult to believe that this barren landscape was once fertile pastureland and home to a large number of prehistoric animals. It is only in a few areas where the soil is compact and contains a thin layer of humus that plants are able to grow and recreate the splendor of the region’s meadows of ancient times.
The Sioux Indians, who once lived in this area, called it ‘Mako Sica’, ‘The Bad Land’.
The Badlands have also proven to be important for paleontologists. The first people to discover bones here were the Lakota Indians and in the middle of the 19th century the region’s skulls, bones and fossils also caught the attention of various European settlers.
The outstanding Badlands of South Dakota not only boast a remarkable landscape but without a doubt, are also extremely important for the conservation of wildlife.