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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
Oct 9, 2015 9:03 pm
A woman has filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Human Services over the delay of her private option coverage.
Oct 9, 2015 7:24 pm
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen temporarily halted the scheduled executions of eight death row prisoners on Friday.
Oct 9, 2015 6:04 pm
The Central Arkansas Library System has canceled Friday nights lecture in Little Rock by Jonathan Karl, ABC News' chief White House correspondent.
Oct 9, 2015 4:43 pm
In a letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson dated Sunday, a personal representative of Pope Francis asks the governor to commute the death sentences of eight state prisoners whose executions are scheduled thro...
Oct 9, 2015 2:49 pm
NEW YORK Wal-Mart named Brett Biggs, an executive in its international division, as its next chief financial officer Friday.
Oct 9, 2015 12:39 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Attorneys representing Arkansas death row inmates are citing troubles in neighboring Oklahoma as they urge a judge to halt eight upcoming executions.
Oct 9, 2015 8:39 am
John Selig is departing as the director of state government's largest agency at the end of this year because "it just seemed a good time" to seek a private-sector job after serving i...
Oct 9, 2015 8:37 am
An admitted addict imprisoned since January 2014 for exposing her unborn child to methamphetamine saw her 20-year prison sentence voided after the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed and dismissed her con...
Oct 9, 2015 8:32 am
BENTONVILLE -- Now that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson house is complete and ready for public viewing, the sleepless nights that accompanied the house's move from Millstone, N....
Oct 9, 2015 8:02 am
Arkansas and Little Rock education leaders said Thursday that they will focus on supporting teaching and learning in the classrooms and leave a newly filed federal lawsuit alleging racial discriminati...
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