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  • Badlands - Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park
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Formation of the North Dakota Badlands began about 60 million years ago. Stream carried sediment and debris away from the recently formed Rocky Mountains, depositing them in this vast plain. During the warm and wet period that followed dense vegetation grew and fell into swampy areas. This was then buried by more layers of sediment. Much of this vegetation became lignite coal and some petrified. Much of this petrified material is visible in the badlands today. The dark blue-gray Bentonite can be traced to ash from ancient volcanic eruptions to the west. Streams and other factors eroded this terrain into the series of buttes, tablelands and valleys you see today. The badlands appears to be dead but actually hides a surprising variety of plant and animal life.

Address: P.O. Box 7, Medora, ND 58645
Directions: Take Exit 24 or 27 from Interstate 94.
Phone: (701) 623-4466
Website: http://www.nps.gov/thro

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  • Written Mar 11, 2010
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