Badlands Yellow Mounds Scenic View
November 17, 2023
A stunning scenic nature view of the Badlands yellow mounds with a small river green valley among them. When the black hills were formed in South Dakota the ancient sea drained away. Once exposed to air, the black ocean mud was weathered into Paleosol, a yellow soil, forming the yellow mounds.
The rugged beauty of the Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient horses and rhinos once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. National Park Service photo by Larry McAfee.