Definitions for badlandsˈbædˌlændz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bad•landsˈbædˌlændz(n.pl.)

  1. a barren area in which soft rock strata are eroded into varied, fantastic forms.

    Category: Geology

Origin of badlands:

1850–55, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. badlands(noun)

    deeply eroded barren land

  2. Bad Lands, Badlands(noun)

    an eroded and barren region in southwestern South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska

Wiktionary

  1. badlands(Noun)

    An arid terrain characterized by severe erosion of sedimentary rocks.

  2. Badlands(ProperNoun)

    Badlands National Park, a national park in South Dakota

  3. Origin: bad + lands

Freebase

  1. Badlands

    A badlands is/are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. It can resemble malpaís, a terrain of volcanic rock. Canyons, ravines, gullies, hoodoos and other such geological forms are common in badlands. They are often difficult to navigate by foot. Badlands often have a spectacular color display that alternates from dark black/blue coal stria to bright clays to red scoria.

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