North American Warm Desert Badland

Nature Serve ID: CES302.743


Shale and mudstones commonly provide parent material.


Rolling topography with some abrupt erosional scarps and gullies.


Clays, often forming clay hills in hot desert environments.

Parent Description

This system is sparsely vegetated to unvegetated on fine-textured soils where high rates of erosion, high temperatures and evaporation, and low precipitation preclude the development of significant vegetative cover. These sites are highly erosional and occupy rolling landscapes frequently cut by drainages.

Ecological Mapping Systems

Trans-Pecos: Desert Badland

Mapping System ID: 11400

As described for system.

Distribution Map

Trans-Pecos: Desert Badland


Example Trans-Pecos Desert Badland.jpg