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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 30, 2014 10:13 pm
Wednesday nights showing of <em>E.T. the Extra Terrestrial</em> at Little Rock's First Security Amphitheatre has been canceled because of forecast rain, officials say.
Jul 30, 2014 9:55 pm
State Sen. Johnny Key is stepping down from his seat to take a lobbying job with the University of Arkansas system.
Jul 30, 2014 9:32 pm
Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to reject an effort to strike down the state's gay marriage ban, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate state interest.
Jul 30, 2014 8:04 pm
Authorities have accused a Garland County man of multiple vehicle break-ins and thefts in Benton, according to a statement Wednesday from the Benton Police Department.
Jul 30, 2014 6:53 pm
Little Rock residents will get their chance to meet and discuss topics with Little Rock Police Department Chief Kenton Buckner over the next three weeks.
Jul 30, 2014 5:01 pm
Seven months after the switch was flipped to turn on new LED lights on three bridges between downtowns Little Rock and North Little Rock, dark gaps have appeared in one of them and the contractor that...
Jul 30, 2014 3:35 pm
Houston-based Zilkha Biomass Energy announced Wednesday that it will build a $90 million facility in Monticello to produce wood pellets for use as an alternative energy source, creating 52 jobs.
Jul 30, 2014 2:57 pm
Stephens Media will shift printing and mailroom operations from Van Buren and Fort Smith to Northwest Arkansas, a move that will reportedly affect about three-dozen employees.
Jul 30, 2014 2:45 pm
LITTLE ROCK A flash flood watch goes into effect in western Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon as storms bringing heavy rainfall head toward the state.
Jul 30, 2014 2:30 pm
FORT SMITH Attorneys say Fort Smith city officials didn't violate the state's Freedom of Information Act by individually polling board members.
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