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The White River Badlands L I FE O F T H E PAS T James O. Farlow, editor Bloomington & Indianapolis I N D I A N A U N I V ERS I T Y PR ES S R AC H E L C . B E N T O N D E N N I S O. T E R RY J R . E M M E T T E VA N O F F H . G R E G O RY M c D O N A L D TH E WH ITE RIVER BA D L A N DS GEOLOGY and PALEONTOLOGY This book is a publication of Indiana University Press Office of Scholarly Publishing Herman B Wells Library 350 1320 East 10th Street Bloomington, Indiana 47405 USA© 2015 by Indiana University Press All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. The Association of American University Presses’ Resolution on Permissions constitutes the only exception to this prohibition. The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences–Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1992. Manufactured in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data The White River Badlands : geology and paleontology / Rachel C. Benton, Badlands National Park, Dennis O. Terry Jr., Temple University, Emmett Evanoff, University of Northern Colorado, H. Gregory McDonald, Park Museum Management Program, National Park Service. pages cm.–(Life of the past) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-253-01606-5 (cl : alk. paper)–ISBN 978-0-253-01608-9 (eb) 1. Fossils–Collection and preservation–South Dakota–White River Region. 2. Paleontology–South Dakota–White River Region. I. Benton, Rachel. II. Terry, Dennis O., [date] III. Evanoff, Emmett. IV. McDonald, H. Gregory (Hugh Gregory), [date] QE718.W54 2015 560.9783'9–dc23 2014044309 1 2 3 4 5 20 19 18 17 16 15 We wish to dedicate this book to the Jones Family of Quinn, South Dakota. For over 26 years, Kelly, Mary, and Doug provided a home away from home for the authors and many of their students. Be it providing a place to sleep while conducting fieldwork, hosting a group of researchers for a barbecue, or simply providing a welcoming respite from the heat of the day, the Jones family and the logistical support that they provided over the years helped to make this book possible. Thank you. Viewed at a distance, these lands exhibit the appearance of extensive villages and ancient castles, but under forms so extraordinary, and so capricious a style of architecture, that we might consider them as appertaining to some new world, or ages far remote. Fray Pierre Jean De Smet, 1848 But it is only to the geologist that this place can have any permanent attractions. He can wind his way through the wonderful canons among some of the grandest ruins in the world. Indeed, it resembles a gigantic city fallen to decay. Domes, towers, minarets, and spires may be seen on every side, which assume a great variety of shapes when viewed in the distance. Not unfrequently, the rising or the setting sun will light up these grand old ruins with a wild, strange beauty, reminding one of a city illuminated in the night when seen from some high point. It is at the foot of these apparent architectural ruins that the curious fossil treasures are found. F. V. Hayden, 1880 Is it of interest to you that the White River Badlands are the most famous deposits of the kind in the world? Do you know that aside from their picturesque topography they tell a marvelous nature story; a story of strange climate, strange geography, and strange animals; of jungles, and marshes, and tranquil rivers, of fierce contests for food, and life, and supremacy; of varied series of events, through ages and ages of time. C. C. O’Harra, 1920 ...


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