Badlands landscape in Alberta, Canada

Badlands landscape in Alberta, Canada

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Caption: Badlands. Water-eroded "badlands" landscape, with numerous rugged hillocks that look like miniature mountains. Badlands terrain is produced by differ- ential erosion of horizontal beds of soft, sedimentary rock, such as sandy clay, that are un- protected by vegetation and subjected to occasion- al deluges of rain. Deep interlocking ravines develop, and the rocky slopes become heavily scored by drainage channels. Badlands are found in the semi-arid interior of North America and in North Africa. The name comes from the French explorers who described the area as mauvaise terres a traverser (bad lands to cross). This photograph was taken in Alberta, Canada.

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Keywords: alberta, badlands, canada, erosion, geology, geomorphology, landscape, water, water erosion

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