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Arkansas is the first state in the U.S. where diamonds were found naturally (near Murfreesboro, Arkansas).
The eastern border of most of Arkansas is the Mississippi River, except in Clay and Greene counties where the St. Francis River forms the western boundary of the Missouri Bootheel. Arkansas shares its southern border with Louisiana, its northern border with Missouri, its eastern border with Tennessee and Mississippi, and its western border with Texas and Oklahoma.
Arkansas is a land of mountains and valleys, thick forests and fertile plains. Northwest Arkansas is part of the Ozark Plateau including the Boston Mountains, to the south are the Ouachita Mountains and these regions are divided by the Arkansas River; the southern and eastern parts of Arkansas are called the Lowlands.
The so-called Lowlands are better known as the Delta and the Grand Prairie. The land along the Mississippi River is referred to as the “Delta” of Arkansas. It gets this name from the formation of its rich alluvial soils formed from the flooding of the mighty Mississippi. The Grand Prairie is slightly away from the Mississippi River in the southeast portion of the state and consists of a more undulating landscape. Both are fertile agricultural areas and home to much of the crop agriculture in the state.
The Delta region is bisected by an unusual geological formation known as Crowley’s Ridge. A narrow band of rolling hills, Crowley’s Ridge rises from 250 to 500 feet above the surrounding alluvial plain.
Buffalo National River, one of many attractions that give the state’s nickname The Natural State.
Arkansas is home to many caves, such as Blanchard Springs Caverns.
News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jul 28, 2015 3:54 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a $1.8 million bid for improvements to 25 interchanges on several highways in seven counties.
Jul 28, 2015 3:36 pm
SEARCY Prosecutors say an investigation into the ex-police chief in Searcy is nearing an end.
Jul 28, 2015 3:27 pm
A gunshot heard inside a home Monday night as North Little Rock police responded to check the wellbeing of a man believed to be inside prompted authorities to call out the SWAT team.
Jul 28, 2015 11:58 am
Triple Threat, the singing trio from Benton who wowed the judges on "America's Got Talent" earlier this season, will appear for a second time Tuesday night.
Jul 28, 2015 10:19 am
More than 47,000 private-option enrollees and other Medicaid recipients are set to lose their coverage as a result of the check of recipients' incomes that began last month, a spokesman for th...
Jul 28, 2015 10:10 am
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Monday said he will not apologize for alluding to Nazi death camps to describe the nuclear deal reached with Iran.
Jul 28, 2015 9:23 am
About 65 people learned at a Little Rock workshop Monday how to collect, share and preserve the stories of Arkansas veterans.
Jul 28, 2015 9:19 am
The Fort Smith School Board on Monday erased a 52-year tradition when it voted unanimously to do away with the Southside High School mascot and fight song as perceived symbols of racism.
Jul 28, 2015 9:17 am
The Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute will use $3 million in private donations to establish the institute's first endowed chair, a spokesman for the hospital's fo...
Jul 28, 2015 9:16 am
A federal judge heard arguments Monday on whether state law unconstitutionally makes it harder for independent candidates to get on election ballots than candidates from established parties.
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