Marc Haegeman Photography | The Badlands, SD (July 2016) | Deposition and erosion

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Keywords:Badlands, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA, geology, landscapes, scenic, travel photography
Photo Info

Dimensions1700 x 1135
Original file size327 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken26-Jul-16 07:16
Date modified30-Aug-16 08:14
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D800
Focal length16 mm
Focal length (35mm)16 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/400 at f/8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Badlands National Park South Dakota Marc Haegeman

Deposition and erosion

While the rock layers result from million years of deposition, the dominating shaping force is since the last 500,000 years erosion, after the Cheyenne river captured the Black Hills streams that used to carry sediments into the Badlands. Modern rivers carve through the rock layers, forming extraordinary shapes, at the fast rate of one inch per year. It is estimated that in 500,000 years the Badlands will completely erode away.