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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
Dec 9, 2016 5:53 pm
A third Arkansas representative is switching parties and aligning himself with the Republican Party after being re-elected to his third term as a Democrat.
Dec 9, 2016 4:49 pm
A Sherwood man is accused of raping a woman while her three children played with toys in a nearby room Thursday, police said.
Dec 9, 2016 4:18 pm
A former Arkansas teacher and coach facing sexual assault and indecency charges reportedly used Snapchat to engage in sexually explicit conversations with three students, according to court filings.
Dec 9, 2016 2:40 pm
An altercation between two neighbors in North Little Rock on Thursday led to one of the men getting stabbed eight times by the other, authorities said.
Dec 9, 2016 2:24 pm
HELENA-WEST HELENA ? The city council in Helena-West Helena has voted to repeal an ordinance approved by voters last month that would have reduced the number of city council members.
Dec 9, 2016 1:37 pm
Authorities said an Arkansas man was arrested after arriving in Faulkner County to have ?sexual contact? with a woman and two girls ages 12 and 13.
Dec 9, 2016 12:59 pm
A 19-year-old man says an unknown assailant robbed him, then hit him in the face with a tool in Little Rock on Thursday night, according to a police report.
Dec 9, 2016 12:43 pm
PINE BLUFF ? A Pine Bluff school district has entered into a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice in a lawsuit that began more than 45 years ago involving the alleged discrimination o...
Dec 9, 2016 12:37 pm
An Arkansas County man has won $1 million off a $20 Golden Ticket in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, lottery officials said Friday.
Dec 9, 2016 12:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is adding a new position that focuses on supporting the state's military installations.
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