Artists' depictions of catsteps in the Loess Hills of Iowa: evidence for mid-nineteenth century climate change
Catsteps (also known as terracettes) are the staircase-like features common on hillslopes of the Loess Hills of western Iowa. The record of artistic depictions of the Loess Hills was examined to determine when catsteps appeared. Landscape artists George Catlin and Karl Bodmer traveled up the Missouri River in 1832 and 1833, respectively, and between them, produced 30 works of art depicting either the Loess Hills or the loess bluffs on the Nebraska side of the river. Only one painting by Bodmer of Blackbird Hill on the Nebraska side possibly shows catsteps. Moreover, an engraving based on the ...
(For more, see "View full record.")