Former Lush Valley of Badlands, South Dakota - Encircle Photos

14 Former Lush Valley of Badlands, South Dakota

This is an extension of the incredible scenery displayed at Panorama Point. In the background is the White River Valley. The rugged, parched vista belies how it appeared during the Oligocene Epoch. 35 to 25 million years ago, this was a fairly flat and lush floodplain with rivers, lakes and swamps. The vegetation ranged from green grasses to shrubs and forests. The climate was subtropical. And this welcoming environment was populated with now extinct animals, big and small.

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Panorama Point, SD-240, Wall, SD 57790

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