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Decorah Ice Cave

The Ice Cave is located in Decorah, Iowa. On a hot summer day it is one outdoor place in Iowa where you can go to cool off. When you walk in you are surrounded by limestone and dolomite that is slick and chilly. This cave dates back as far as 450 million years.

Decorah, Iowa

Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions

  • How did this cave become the ice cave it is today? 
  • How does the cave always stay so cold? 
  • What makes this cave (an ice cave) different from other caves we see in Iowa?

Classroom Suggestions

  • Students could build their own model of a cave.
  • Students could research how caves are formed and demonstrate the formation through the use of a model.
  • Students can engage in research about the history of the cave and why the climate in the cave is the way it is.

Related Resources

Iowa Core Alignment


Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area

Credit Info

Submitted by Chloe Zierke and Ann Meirick


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