Sabula, Iowa—October 2017

42° 0’ 48”N 90° 10’ 11”W

Elevation 790 feet


This ornamental grass and the trees behind it are part of a healthy riparian area separating the nearby cornfields from the Mississippi River, one-half mile east of this site. A riparian corridor is a unique plant community that develops near a natural body of water. Riparian zones serve a variety of functions important to people and the environment because of their role in soil conservation, their habitat biodiversity, and their support of animal and aquatic ecosystems.