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Geographically, Iowa is fairly flat, with rolling hills and a few bluff-like outcroppings near the Mississippi River. Part of this river tract is also referred to as loess hills. The region is characteristically hilly, with ridges and jagged cliffs. Glacial formation millions of years ago cut and carved these hilly outcroppings.

Today, the predominance of very rocky soil substrata, due to glacial movement, has left the area radon-rich. In fact Iowa is one of the only states where uncommonly high measurements of radon occur. Homeowners are required to test for the gas and contractors to build new homes to specifications that include methods to block or reduce radon gas.

Next time you are at the gas pump and notice the sign for ethanol, think of Iowa. The agricultural state is one of the leaders in corn farming, and now in ethanol, a type of biofuel produced from corn. One other significant way you might recognize Iowa’s influence in America is during each Presidential election year. Iowa kicks off caucuses with a bang. All politicians stump in Iowa, bringing big media and top-level social issues to the state.

Academically Iowa wins big points for its collegiate lineup and its emphasis on keeping state residents educated beyond high school. Drake University in Des Moines may not ring a bell to most, but for aspiring law students it is one of the oldest programs in the U.S. Des Moines is home to Principal Financial Group, just one of a crowd of insurance and financial corporations that have come to settle in this increasingly cosmopolitan Midwest city

Water Bodies

  • Arbor Valley Lake
  • Backbone Lake
  • Bay Branch Lake
  • Beaver Creek
  • Beeds Lake
  • Big Creek Lake
  • Big Spirit Lake
  • Big Wall Lake
  • Black Hawk Lake
  • Blue Lake
  • Boone River
  • Boyer River
  • Browns Lake
  • Carter Lake
  • Cedar Lake
  • Cedar River
  • Chariton River
  • Cheever Lake
  • Clear Creek
  • Clear Lake
  • Corallville Reservoir
  • Coralville Lake
  • Dan Green Slough
  • De Soto Lake
  • Diamond Lake
  • Diamondhead Lake
  • Eagle Lake
  • East Lake Okoboji
  • East Nishnabotna River
  • East Okoboji Lake
  • Elk Lake
  • Elm Lake
  • English River
  • Five Island Lake
  • Floyd River
  • Fourmile Lake
  • Geode Lake
  • Goose Lake
  • Green Valley Lake
  • Hartwick Lake
  • High Lake
  • Holiday Lake
  • Ingham Lake
  • Inham Lake
  • Iowa Lake
  • Iowa River
  • Lake Ahquabi
  • Lake Cornelia
  • Lake Darling
  • Lake Delhi
  • Lake Gage
  • Lake Icaria
  • Lake LaComa
  • Lake MacBride
  • Lake Manawa
  • Lake Morris
  • Lake Odessa
  • Lake Okoboji
  • Lake Panorama
  • Lake Ponderosa
  • Lake Rathbun
  • Lake Red Rock
  • Lake Silverado
  • Lake Sugema
  • Lake Sundown
  • Lake Syracuse
  • Lake Wapello
  • Lake Wawasee
  • Little Maquoketa River
  • Little Sioux River
  • Lizard Lake
  • Lost Island Lake
  • Lost Island Lake
  • Lower Gar Lake
  • Maple River
  • Maquoketa River
  • Middle River
  • Mississippi River - Allamakee County
  • Mississippi River - Clayton County
  • Mississippi River - Des Moines County
  • Mississippi River - Jackson County
  • Mississippi River - Scott County
  • Mosquito Creek
  • Nishnabotna River
  • Nodaway River
  • North River
  • North Twin Lake
  • Oak Lake
  • Ocheyedan River
  • Odessa Lake
  • Okamanpeedan Lake
  • One Hundred and Two River
  • Panorama Lake
  • Pine Lake
  • Platte River
  • Pleasant Creek Lake
  • Prairie Rose Lake
  • Quaker Mill Pond
  • Raccoon River
  • Rathbun Lake
  • Red Rock Lake
  • Rice Lake
  • Rice Lake
  • Rock Creek Lake
  • Rush Lake
  • Saylorville Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Skunk River
  • Soldier River
  • South River
  • South Twin Lake
  • Spirit Lake
  • Squaw Creek
  • Stony Lake
  • Storm Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Sun Valley Lake
  • Sunken Island Lake
  • Swan Lake
  • Trout River
  • Trumbull Lake
  • Turkey River
  • Tuttle Lake
  • Twelvemile Lake
  • Union Grove Lake
  • Viking Lake State Park
  • Virgin Lake
  • Volga River
  • Wapsipinicon River
  • West Fork of the Little Sioux River
  • West Lake Okoboji
  • West Nishnabotna River
  • West Okoboji Lake
  • Winnebago River
  • Wolfe Lake
  • Yellow River

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