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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
Mar 11, 2014 9:38 pm
Arkansas lawmakers have approved a $5 billion budget for the coming year that boosts funding for the state's public schools and prisons as the Legislature nears the end of this year's ...
Mar 11, 2014 7:45 pm
A Louisiana man has found a 2.89 carat white diamond at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.
Mar 11, 2014 6:05 pm
Little Rock officials plan to hold a public meeting Thursday to talk about plans for road work on McAdoo Street.
Mar 11, 2014 5:33 pm
Forecasters warn that a cold front moving across Arkansas on Tuesday night will make for an especially windy Wednesday.
Mar 11, 2014 5:11 pm
Two Arkansas men recently had strokes of luck with a couple of scratch-off tickets, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery officials announced Tuesday.
Mar 11, 2014 5:10 pm
Former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers' papers will be made available to researchers in a ceremony next week, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville said Tuesday.
Mar 11, 2014 4:26 pm
The director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says more resources are needed as the agency looks to improve after a winter storm this month turned Interstates 40 and 55 into parki...
Mar 11, 2014 1:40 pm
Lane restrictions are set this week on two busy interstate bridges in Arkansas, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Tuesday.
Mar 11, 2014 1:00 pm
A 35-year-old Little Rock woman is accused of leaving her two children in a car with a loaded gun while she shopped at a local department store, authorities said.
Mar 11, 2014 12:27 pm
LITTLE ROCK Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant nine pardons to people convicted of various crimes in Arkansas.
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