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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
Sep 27, 2016 5:33 pm
A Dardanelle man won $100,000 in Saturday's Powerball drawing, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery said in a news release.
Sep 27, 2016 4:59 pm
Fayetteville police are not pursuing criminal charges after a video surfaced online showing a person drinking a canned beverage after puncturing it on a goat?s horn.
Sep 27, 2016 4:55 pm
FAYETTEVILLE ? Two men held up a pizza delivery man with a gun and stole items from him Monday night, spokesman Sgt. Craig Stout said Tuesday.
Sep 27, 2016 3:31 pm
Days after multiple clown sightings were reported near White Hall, one of the city?s school resource officers posed for a photo dressed in a clown costume, an official said. That photo made it onto th...
Sep 27, 2016 2:17 pm
A part-time police officer in Benton County has been terminated over Facebook comments the department says violates its social media policy.
Sep 27, 2016 1:04 pm
Police have dropped a misdemeanor charge of obstructing governmental operations against Arkansas Rep. John Walker, D-Little Rock, who was arrested after refusing to leave a traffic stop he was filming...
Sep 27, 2016 12:07 pm
A salsa-dancing class held every Friday at Little Rock's Metroplex Event Center is moving to Juanita's former home in the River Market District.
Sep 27, 2016 8:59 am
A Jacksonville man was charged with aggravated assault after he threatened a North Little Rock woman and locked himself inside her home, according to the Pulaski County sheriff's office.
Sep 27, 2016 6:45 am
The number of serious violent crimes reported across Arkansas in 2015 reached the highest level in at least a decade, just two years after it dropped to a 10-year low, according to estimates released ...
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