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If you drive I-80 across the State, you might be surprised at the roller coaster nature of the route – up one hill and down another. The hills are never very large – Iowa’s highest point is only 1670 feet high up in the far northwest next to the Minnesota border – but compared to the drive through Illinois or much of Nebraska, Iowa’s hills seem Himalayan. The hills originate from the river distribution – roughly north-south in orientation, paralleling the Mississippi in the east and the Missouri in the west. I-80 runs east-west at right angles to many of the rivers. The interior of the State is dominated by two river systems: the Iowa and Des Moines. These rivers provided early settlers with power and as a transportation alternative.
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