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bad lands Explained

Bad lands at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bad lands \Bad" lands"\
Barren regions, especially in the western United States,
where horizontal strata (Tertiary deposits) have been often
eroded into fantastic forms, and much intersected by
ca[~n]ons, and where lack of wood, water, and forage
increases the difficulty of traversing the country, whence
the name, first given by the Canadian French, Mauvaises
Terres (bad lands).

Bad Lands at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

Bad Lands
n : an eroded and barren region in southwestern South Dakota and
northwestern Nebraska [syn: {Badlands}]