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Uploaded: 08/01/15 8:34 PM GMT
Mars on Earth
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With the exception of the sparse plants growing in the foreground, this detailed photo of Badlands National Park east of Rapid City, South Dakota, could easily represent the surface of Mars. Pulled from a 2013 folder, shot during an October trip of that year.


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08/01/15 9:05 PM GMT
Beautiful!!!, great shot, and yes it could easily pass by Mars
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08/01/15 9:20 PM GMT
The design and colors in the rocks are magnificent - I think your image surpasses Mars by many miles - Excellent Capture!!!:-):-):-)!!!
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08/01/15 10:20 PM GMT
I assume that is a trail along the top ridge, which looks interesting. The lines make for strong interest in this image.
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Jeff Hamilton
08/01/15 11:55 PM GMT
The area in the foreground is a trail but it stops almost as quick as it starts (I'm standing only feet from a planked walkway, remaining this far back from the edge for safety, both mine and the park's). Although it appears to continue out along the top of the slim buttes, snaking back and forth, it's only an illusion, at least for humans. Perhaps some small animals use it as such but the soil here is extremely soft and fragile, protected from tourist trespass by park rangers. All it would take is one clueless visitor to try walking out there to ruin it for a long time, inevitably slipping and falling into a deep ravine, thereby forcing a rescue which would destroy even more of this fragile beauty. Every time it rains or the snow melts, an infinitesimal portion of the soil is washed away, a small but permanent change. If a child of 10 came through here and took a photo, then returned when they were retired, some of this landscape would not look the same.
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08/02/15 1:53 AM GMT
Nik, this is excellent,and I read your comment above, very interesting. I would love to go back there one day, when I was there it was pretty foggy, and did see a whole lot. tigs=^..^=
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08/02/15 5:01 AM GMT
I've never seen anything like this before. I want to be there, with camera in hand. Fantastico, Nik.
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08/02/15 12:41 AM GMT
I sure would love to feast my eyes on that in real life. What a gorgeous place...and an amazing shot. Well done.
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08/02/15 1:32 PM GMT
Wonderful Photo. The Badlands are a very unique place. The trials in the photo can be very dangerous. If they get rain walking on there is like walking on grease. But again beautiful capture.
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08/04/15 3:38 PM GMT
What an amazing image. I love the shapes, colors and designs in this image. That first hump looks like the top of an elephant head that leads to the very narrow and dangerous trails. A masterpiece for sure.
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08/06/15 1:45 AM GMT
Wow, a fabulous shot of this most amazing sight with all the layers of colour and detail. Fantastic information about the way the land scape changes over the years. Even for small animals would walk along that without mishaps.
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02/01/16 7:26 PM GMT
This photo immediately drew my attention Nik.
On my bucket list!
Earth remains an incredible place full of wonders.
Luckily we gave fine people like you to remind us of it.
Thank you Nik, for this superb photo.
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