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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
May 5, 2016 5:35 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's unlikely to push this year to end the state's practice of commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee o...
May 5, 2016 4:57 pm
Significant delays on Interstate 30 Thursday afternoon were caused by an "unauthorized lane closure," a spokesman for the Arkansas State Department of Highway and Transportation said.
May 5, 2016 4:22 pm
A Miller County man won $100,000 in a scratch-off ticket game started last month, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery said Thursday.
May 5, 2016 2:54 pm
A small plane crash at the North Little Rock Municipal Airport killed one person Thursday afternoon, officials said.
May 5, 2016 2:51 pm
NEW YORK ? Those smiley door greeters are back at Wal-Mart.
May 5, 2016 2:30 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? An attorney representing four judges says the Legislature circumvented the Arkansas Constitution when it passed a law eliminating retirement benefits for judges who are elected at age 70...
May 5, 2016 12:49 pm
Two black males are sought in connection with a shooting Thursday morning in Hot Springs that left a teenager injured, according to police.
May 5, 2016 12:43 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to the state's $5.3 billion budget for the coming year and are now preparing for another session on highway funding.
May 5, 2016 12:31 pm
The Jonesboro Police Department said Thursday that it has opened an investigation into racially offensive notes toward blacks that were left in residents? mailboxes earlier this week.
May 5, 2016 11:58 am
An Arkansas family?s business in its third generation will close up shop later this year ? with the gift store?s founders, both in their 80s, now preparing for retirement.
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