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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
Apr 28, 2016 5:50 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? An attempt in Arkansas to limit how welfare recipients can spend their benefits has stalled before a legislative panel.
Apr 28, 2016 3:22 pm
A Texas-based broadband company will create more than 28 jobs when it opens a new office in Paragould, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission said Thursday.
Apr 28, 2016 2:41 pm
Arkansas, Mississippi and New Mexico have the highest teen birth rates in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
Apr 28, 2016 1:42 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? The Arkansas Supreme Court says Arkansas State Police were wrong to redact driver and survivor information on accident reports.
Apr 28, 2016 12:48 pm
Now tasked with rebuilding from a fire, Stoby?s has opened a temporary drive-thru location that harkens back to the Conway landmark?s original menu.
Apr 28, 2016 12:42 pm
SILOAM SPRINGS ? The Windgate Foundation is giving a $3 million lead challenge grant to John Brown University for the school's renovation project for a women's residence hall.
Apr 28, 2016 12:09 pm
Off-and-on rainfall this weekend in Arkansas is largely not expected to turn severe, though isolated flash flooding is possible in southern parts of the state, according to the National Weather Servic...
Apr 28, 2016 12:02 pm
Four witnesses testified Thursday afternoon in the sexual-assault trial of dentist Dr. Jose Turcios before court went into a 15-minute recess about 3:25 p.m.
Apr 28, 2016 11:25 am
Three finalists, all with leadership experience in higher education, have been chosen to fill the soon-to-be vacant chancellor post at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Apr 28, 2016 6:45 am
A Pine Bluff High School football standout and a Little Rock man, already in jail after their arrest in connection with a shooting Saturday, face three additional counts of aggravated robbery and felo...
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