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South Dakota State Profile and Energy Estimates

South Dakota’s vast prairie stretches from the lowlands in the state’s east across the rolling hills, canyons, and buttes of the plains to the state’s highest peaks, including Mount Rushmore, in the west. The Black Hills of western South Dakota are mineral-rich with gold, silver, copper, and lead deposits, and the state’s modest crude oil and natural gas reserves are also concentrated in western South Dakota.


The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in South Dakota

Between 2017 and 2019, South Dakota experienced one severe flood and one intense drought. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.


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Climate Central’s analysis shows how much hotter parks are projected to get later this century.


South Dakota’s agriculture industry is vulnerable to climate change

South Dakota’s climate is already changing. In the past century, most of the state has warmed by 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainstorms are becoming more intense, and annual rainfall is increasing. In the future, South Dakota can expect increasingly hot summers, which can negatively impact yields for some crops while extending the growing seasons for others.