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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 22, 2014 9:25 pm
Bridge sweeping will require lane closures on Interstate 430 in Little Rock and North Little Rock Wednesday morning, officials said Tuesday.
Jul 22, 2014 9:13 pm
The Cross County sheriffs office is warning residents about two different scams that people have reported in the area.
Jul 22, 2014 3:43 pm
EL DORADO An antique dealers group in Arkansas is hoping to make the southern part of the state a top destination for enthusiasts of the vintage goods.
Jul 22, 2014 3:40 pm
Arkansas Times contributing editor Mara Leveritt will receive the 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize in October, the Porter Fund said in a statement Tuesday.
Jul 22, 2014 1:48 pm
Little Rock officials plan to hold a public meeting next week to talk about design plans for a new community center to be located on Colonel Glenn Road.
Jul 22, 2014 1:40 pm
A man called his girlfriend and threatened to kill her before showing up at a North Little Rock residence where she was staying and trying to gain entry, authorities said.
Jul 22, 2014 12:15 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas higher education leaders are searching for about 6,000 people in the state who have earned or almost earned their associate degrees and don't know it.
Jul 22, 2014 12:15 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.
Jul 22, 2014 12:11 pm
BATESVILLE, Independence County has received a $150,000 state grant to install an elevator in its courthouse.
Jul 22, 2014 12:07 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas small businesses have three weeks left to apply for U. S. Small Business Administration loans because of the drought that began last July.
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