any section of barren land where rapid erosion has cut the loose, dry soil or soft rocks into strange shapes, as in various places in the W U.S.
barren plateau in SW South Dakota east of the Black Hills; marked by dramatically eroded hills and containing many fossil deposits
Barren land typically having rough, deeply eroded terrain.
also Bad Lands
A heavily eroded arid region of southwest South Dakota and northwest Nebraska. It is known for its colorful rock formations and prehistoric fossils.
- (geomorphology) An arid terrain characterized by severe erosion of sedimentary rocks.
- Badlands National Park, a national park in South Dakota