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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 2, 2015 7:24 pm
The state Division of Youth Services and Shorter College on Thursday announced a partnership to provide youthful offenders the opportunity to earn college credit.
Jul 2, 2015 5:23 pm
BENTON The aim of Benton's new official mascot, Ben, is twofold: bring a smile to people's faces and economic development to the Saline County city he represents.
Jul 2, 2015 5:06 pm
Rounds of thunderstorms across Arkansas from Thursday through the Fourth of July holiday weekend will increase the risk of flash flooding, forecasters say.
Jul 2, 2015 4:26 pm
Arkansas ended the 2015 fiscal year with a $191.6 million surplus, finishing 3.8 percent above budgeted revenue, Department of Finance and Administration officials announced Thursday.
Jul 2, 2015 3:52 pm
WEST MEMPHIS Mid-South Community College in West Memphis is now a part of the Arkansas State University System and is now known as Arkansas State University Mid-South.
Jul 2, 2015 12:17 pm
RUSSELLVILLE A rally in support of the Confederate flag is being held in Russellville this weekend.
Jul 2, 2015 8:55 am
The parents of a slain soldier stood shoulder to shoulder, grasping hands, as they were presented a Purple Heart medal Wednesday on their son's behalf.
Jul 2, 2015 8:54 am
Lower gas prices are prompting tens of thousands of Arkansans to travel for Independence Day, contributing to the largest number of travelers for the holiday in eight years, according to AAA.
Jul 2, 2015 8:45 am
Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign said Wednesday that it has raised $45 million since its launch in mid-April, with the vast majority of its donors having given less than $100 eac...
Jul 2, 2015 8:15 am
One year in and 130,000 man-hours later, the $68 million renovation of the Robinson Center is on time and on budget.
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