Near Chambers in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Badlands exist only in dry regions with sparse vegetation. Soft badland sediments, unprotected by plants or by overlying harder caprock, are easily stripped away by infrequent rains. The remaining many-colored hills--with colors derived from chemicals that formed their rock--almost appear to be melting.
Badlands are found throughout the world. Here in the United States, Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Death Valley National Monument in California, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota also preserve examples of badlands.
Painted Desert badlands at Petrified Forest National Park.
Badlands in Pakistan. Worldwide, badlands represent a wide range in geologic time. These in Pakistan, of the Miocene Epoch, are millions of years younger than those you see here in the Painted Desert.
Badlands at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.
Location. 35° 5.074′ N, 109° 47.288′ Touch for map. Marker is located at vista point at Painted Desert Inn. Marker is in this post office area: Chambers AZ 86502, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Painted Desert Inn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Desert Vistas (approx. 0.8 miles away); Painted Desert / Finding Fossils (approx. one mile away); A Gap in the Geologic Record (approx. 1.1 miles away); Painted Desert Community Complex Historic District (approx. 1.2 miles away); Early Explorers (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Painted Desert (approx. 1.7 miles away); Route 66 (approx. 2½ miles away).
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