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Loess Hills

Loess Hills
Loess Hills

Comprised of the Turin and Little Sioux/Smith Lake sites, Loess Hills represents the best examples of loess topography (wind-blown silt) in the Missouri River Bluffs region. It is in this region of the United States where the deepest loess has accumulated, presenting the best example of this unusual type of landscape. Together, these sites express the representative landforms and native vegetation of classic loess deposits. The only known comparable area is located along the Yellow River in northern China.

Location: Harrison County, IA ; Monona County, IA

Year designated: 1986

Acres: 10,454

Ownership: State, Private


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Last Updated: June 28, 2012