Iowa is divided into seven mainland form regions. Each land form has sort of a unique geologic history that that shapes the way it looks. The Des Moines lobe in the north central part of the state, the northwest Iowa plains, the Loess Hills region in western Iowa, Central Iowa Drift plain is central third of the state, and then Iowan Surface is northeast Iowa. And then what we call our Alluvial Plain so that's one of the areas connected to the Mississippian the Missouri River Valleys. Then the last region is the Paleozoic Plateau. You know you can get in your car and drive and that pay attention and take a walk in that pay attention but if you if you stop and look around there's a lot of really fascinating things in Iowa both geology and other natural resources.

Gilchrist Foundation