Courtesy of Library of Congress, Highsmith, Carol M., "Farm Scene Including a Bright-Red Barn, Three Silos (one vintage, two modern), and Quite Modern Wind Turbines in Hardin County, Iowa," 18 August 2008
This 2008 photography shows an Iowa farm with two tall blue silos, sheds, a house and a blue sky in the background. There is a cornfield in the foreground and large, white wind turbines in the background. Iowa is a national leader in wind energy, producing the highest percentage of electricity produced by wind – over 36 percent (2016) – of any state. Iowa is the first state to generate more than 30 percent of its electricity with wind power.
- Describe the photo above. What human-made features do you notice?
- What type of energy is being produced in this image?
- What are a few ways that this land has been changed by humans?
- Compare this image with the image of a modern farm from 1927. What is similar between the images? What is different? Discuss how wind energy is impacting the land based on these two images.
Highsmith, Carol M., "Farm Scene Including a Bright-Red Barn, Three Silos (one vintage, two modern), and Quite Modern Wind Turbines in Hardin County, Iowa," 18 August 2008. Courtesy of Library of Congress