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South Dakota's Landforms and Waterforms:
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The Drift Prairie covers most of the eastern part of South Dakota.
Low hills and glacial lakes make up the Drift Prairies.
French traders had referred to this land as Coteau des Prairies which means Prairie Hills.
The James River Basin borders the Prairie Hills to the north along with the Minnesota River Valley.
Following the flow of the James River through South Dakota from north to south and on mostly flat land is the James River Basin.
Dissected Till Plains
Lying in the southeastern corner of the state is the Dissected Tilll Plains region.
Rolling hills and being criss-crossed by many streams are in the area.
The Great Plains covers 2/3 of the western part of South Dakota.
Between the Missouri River and the James River Basin is the valleys and hills of the Coteau de Missouri.
This is rugged land that is made up of rolling hills, plains, canyons, and steep flat-topped hills called buttes.
It lies west of the Missouri River.
Buttes can sometimes, in the Great Plains area can rise up to 400 to 600 feet above the plains.
The Badlands National Park is also in this area.
The Black Hills are located in the southeastern part of South Dakota and extend into Wyoming.
Mountains that are 2,000 to 4,000 feet high covers 6,000 square miles.
The highest point in South Dakota is 7,242 feet above sea level and is located at Harney Peak which is in the Black Hills.
The Homestake Mine that is in the region is one of the largest gold mines in the United States.
Minerals such as gold, silver, copper, and lead can be found in the Black Hills.
Other national parks in the Black Hills are Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave, and Custer National Park.
There are a lot of rivers and lakes that are in South Dakota, and some are more famous than others.
One famous river that is in South Dakota is the Cheyenne River.
Other rivers are the Missouri River, the James River, and the White River.
There are also major lakes in the state.
Lake Oahe, Lake Francis Case, and the Lewis and Clark Lake.
The climate in South Dakota is interior continental.
It has hot summers and extremely cold winters.
Also the state has high winds and periodical droughts.
South Dakota's most valuable resource is it's fertile soil.
It also has rish mineral resources.
The Black Hills support state forest reserves.
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