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Old 03-16-2009, 06:36 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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Everyone but Vermonters are "flatlanders." Question answered.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:14 AM
 
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Where's the hills? Am I missing something?
Google the Loess Hills in Iowa - they are beautiful. They're especially beautiful in the spring, just when everything is starting to turn green.
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:18 AM
 
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Where's the hills? Am I missing something?
Well Iowa is different depending on where you are. The Northeast 1/4 of the state is quite hilly, since it missed being hit by the glaciers 10,000 years ago.

The Western portion of the state had steep hills running throughout going north-south.

The middle section of the state is the really flat portion, and this is what people think of when they think Iowa. Basically the Eastern is quite hilly, Western has portions of hills, and the center and northwest are very flat.

Some rolling hills and bluffs in the eastern/western sections of the state:

from flickr

This is Des Moines, which is pretty flat:













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Old 03-16-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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Thanks for the pictures Chicago 60614. Now maybe people won't think of Iowa is just flat, as much of it isn't. I have to admit, I think the flat areas of Iowa are beautiful in their own way as well. This is part of the "breadbasket" of America. Iowa has good rich soil, perfect for growing crops.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:53 AM
 
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Nice pix, Chi606! Where was the 4th one taken?

I especially liked the 5th one, haven ridden on RAGRAI a few times! Anyone who's ridden RAGRAI who says IA is a flat state just wasn't paying attention!
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:28 PM
 
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Nice pix, Chi606! Where was the 4th one taken?

I especially liked the 5th one, haven ridden on RAGRAI a few times! Anyone who's ridden RAGRAI who says IA is a flat state just wasn't paying attention!

The 4th one was around the Loess Hills, which run through the western part of the state. The west portion of the state is definitely the most un-populated. These are very pretty, although they tend to be 200 feet high or less as you rise and fall with the hills...
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:04 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Flat states would include most of the Great Plains states and most of the Midwest states. Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa (although I think Iowa is more gently rolling hills), Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Much of the South is also flat. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, most of Arkansas, most of Georgia, and Florida.
The middle third of GA is quite hilly (the "Piedmont"), the upper third is mountainous.
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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EVERY state West of the Mississippi has flat areas, and a majority of them are the flattest in the nation. Kansas-flat as a board in 90% of the state. Oklahoma? Flat as a board in most of the state (gorgeous in others). New Mexico? NE NM is flat as flat can get. Parts of south-central NM are laughably flat, too (even though mountains are visible in the far distance). Eastern CO is incredibly flat, as is most of Nebraska. Parts of ND and SD are table-top flat, same for Iowa. Areas of NV are so flat and long that youd swear theyd never end. Parts of MN are flat as flat can be as well. Parts of MT and ID are also flat, as is parts of Eastern WA and OR. Minus Hill Country and West Texas, Texas is as flat as they come.

Have you travelled at all? Just curious? The ONLY state that I can think of that is completely all flat is Florida. Every other state in the nation has flat areas and hilly/mountainous areas.
Yes, I've traveled. I've been to 26 states, with a good portion of them west of the Mississippi. I know that a lot of states west of the Mississippi are flat (or at least have flat areas). But some of them also have the Rocky Mountains so it would be crazy to generalize the entire country west of the Mississippi as flat.
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Old 03-16-2009, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I was actually referring to the picture in the post, not the whole state of Iowa.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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West of the Mississippi River includes the highest mountains in the continental United States (the Rockies). Plus Arkansas, which is just barely west of the Mississippi River, has the Ozarks. There are some flat states west of the Mississippi, but nowhere near all of them are flat.
Half of the Ozarks are in Missouri, and the western parts are in Oklahoma. Arkansas has the highest sections, though.

The Mississippi Delta of eastern Arkansas, much of Louisiana, and the extreme southeastern part of Missouri is the flattest country I've ever seen. It's pancake flat, not rolling hills flat. You have to see it and experience it to know how flat it truly is. There is a string of very small hills in eastern Arkansas called Crowley's Ridge, which is generally considered a separate geographical formation.
Most of Kansas is downright mountainous by comparison.
I've heard the Red River region along the North Dakota/Minnesota border is the same way.
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