Premieres Wednesday, December 20 at 8 PM ET/PT
on Smithsonian Channel
In the heart of the American Midwest lies a landscape where lush grasslands seem torn open by towering pinnacles and spires of rock. It’s a place where summers of blistering heat follow winters of punishing cold and some of the country’s most charismatic animals – the black-tailed prairie dog, the burrowing owl and the American bison – fight to survive.
America’s Badlands presents a geological phenomenon that provides a 75-million-year history lesson, presented layer by colorful layer. By all appearances, the Badlands is a hostile place to live. But half a million years ago, the elements began carving out a stretch of rich grassland that brims with life every spring and summer.