0 Likes

Saddle Pass Trail, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA
USA

The steep Saddle Pass trail drops down the face of the Badlands Wall to connect the upland prairie to the heavily eroded lowland basin of the White River.  Thought to have been used by native Americans, the trail later served as a route for homesteaders in the early 20th century who would leave their wagons at the top, guide their horses down the face of the wall, gather supplies at the town near the base and then carry their supplies back up to their waiting wagons.

Erosion is the defining feature of the landscape here.  The Badlands Wall represents the leading edge of erosion into a formation of sand, clay, silt and ash deposited over 24 million years ago during a dry period of the earth's climate.  The ash and clay in the soil and the rapid erosion since the end of the dry period prevent most plants from taking hold - hence the name, badlands.  Only a thin layer of grass supporting soil keep the upland prairies from rapidly slipping away.  In the lowlands, soil blankets preserve a few old mounds of sediment deposited by streams eroding the badlands in ages past.

Copyright: John Roberts
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 18448x9224
Uploaded: 24/09/2011
Actualizat: 10/06/2014
Vizualizari:

...


Tags: outdoors; wilderness; public lands; national park; badlands; geology; erosion; history; homesteaders; native americans
comments powered by Disqus

Thomas Stano
Badland's Prairie Winds Overlook
Dennis Mabrey
Badlands National Park
Thomas Stano
Badland's Bigfoot Pass overlook
Thomas Stano
Badlands Panorama Point
John Roberts
Burns Basin Overlook, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA
Thomas Stano
Badland's Conata Basin Overlook
Olley
South Dakota Badlands
Thomas Stano
Ancient Hunters Overlook
Thomas Stano
Badland's Pinnacles Overlook
Maurice Rebeix
Mako Sica aka The Badlands
yunzen liu
Bear Country USA South Dakota United States——wildlife Animal Park
John Roberts
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, USA
Pascal Moulin
Écomusée de la vigne et du vin de Gradignan - France
Gabor Bodis
Staircase
yunzen liu
Shaanxi Xi'an Mt. Huashan 17——South Peak (Landing Wild Geese Peak)
cristian gussago
Mines of Schilpario 2
Sergey Kalinin
Church Tr.Pechorsk
Barthelet Jean charles
LAPRADE
Ruediger Kottmann
Grazing horses at Wank Inn
Rui Fonseca
Beach
Ibrahim Tunca
Windmills, Consuegra
Ibrahim Tunca
Dumlupinar War Grave
jeremie francois
Iceland crater lakes (Viti and Oskjuvatn near Askja in Vatnajökull national park)
Markin Aleksandr
Ob river of Novosibirsk (Russia) from heli
John Roberts
Fisher Towers, Utah, USA
John Roberts
The Last Cut, Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah, USA
John Roberts
Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah, USA
John Roberts
Natural Bridge, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
John Roberts
Independence Monument, Colorado National Monument, Colorado, USA
John Roberts
Church Fork of Millcreek Canyon, Utah, USA
John Roberts
Tony Grove Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah, USA
John Roberts
Elephant Head, Antelope Island State Park, Utah, USA
John Roberts
Below OohAah Point, South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
John Roberts
Picnic on the Bonneville Shorline Trail, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
John Roberts
Camarasaurus Dinosaur Vertebrae, Rabbit Valley, Colorado, USA
John Roberts
Ice Box Canyon, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada, USA
More About USA

The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.