A 'mountain' melts in Iowa
Lingering winter snow draws eyes to a mall parking lot
'Snow mountain' at Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa (© KCCI.com)
For many, Iowa brings to mind horizontal imagery. And while the heartland state is not as flat as a pancake, it's certainly not known for mountains. So when winter snows were piled higher and higher in a West Des Moines parking lot, the temporary topography drew attention.
As reported by KCCI, plowed snow at the Valley West Mall grew over the winter into a huge "mountain range" of grimy, rock-filled ice.
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For months, parking lot snow was repeatedly hurled 50 feet and higher by a giant blower. The peaks of the pile nearly reached the tops of light poles in the Midwestern deep freeze.
While Iowa is warming up as spring approaches, the frozen ridge of gunk lingers. According to Trisha Barton, a mall spokeswoman, the slowly melting feature has a bit of a future left before it completely trickles away.
"That snow pile probably is going to hang around for another three weeks," Barton said.
Reporter Mark Tauscheck in front of the 'snow mountain' in West Des Moines, Iowa. (© KCCI.com)
Frigid, grungy hills of plowed snow are a yearly geographic feature outside the mall, sometimes well into late April. But this exceptional accumulation of dirty ice crystals has locals wondering if the mound will survive into May.
While the full duration of the dingy massif remains to be seen, it will keep mall security busy for the time being, keeping kids from playing on its potentially dangerous slopes.
Grew up in Illinois. Saw gobs of these 'mountains/hills' all over. They take forever to completely melt away.
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As an Iowan I have to admit this story is............stupid? Contrary to popular belief Iowa it not as flat as a pancake and if you are an outdoors person there are many things to do in Iowa. You can ski, hike, hunt etc. There are many large hills, lakes, rivers, etc. Unfortunately if you travel the interstate it does appear to be flat lol.
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