Badlands, South Dakota (by heosemys)
The term “badland(s)” is not restrained to one specific location, but is the general name (though mostly used in North America) for terrains that are dry and eroded, showing the Earth’s past where sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils are visible. Over thousands and even millions of years, wind and water erode the land, carving out geological formations like hoodoos, canyons, and gullies. The badlands are known for being rich in fossils as well due to erosion of sedimentary rocks.
So how did this terrain pin the name “Badland”? This landscape is not easy to navigate, as many have found out the hard way. The Lakota called it “Makhóšiča”, which litterally translates to “bad land”, and the French gave it the name “les mauvaises terres à traverser”, which means “the bad lands to cross”.