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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 29, 2014 7:23 pm
The Department of Human Services announced Tuesday that its Division of County Operations Director Joni Jones will be retiring next month.
Jul 29, 2014 5:58 pm
Little Rock officials plan to hold a public meeting Thursday about plans to improve W Street in the Heights neighborhood.
Jul 29, 2014 4:57 pm
Benton police are investigating an attempted kidnapping that occurred Monday near South and Main streets downtown.
Jul 29, 2014 4:51 pm
Easter Seals Arkansas broke ground Tuesday on a new apartment complex in Little Rock for adults with disabilities or special needs.
Jul 29, 2014 3:02 pm
MANSFIELD Authorities in western Arkansas are looking for a search-and-rescue truck stolen from the Northwest Scott County Volunteer Fire Department over the weekend.
Jul 29, 2014 2:34 pm
HARRISON The attorney for the Bull Shoals police chief accused of using excessive force against a domestic violence suspect last year wants his retrial moved from Fayetteville back to Harrison.
Jul 29, 2014 2:33 pm
LITTLE ROCK Former college athletes in Arkansas are among the plaintiffs involved in a class-action lawsuit over head injuries.
Jul 29, 2014 2:31 pm
HUNTSVILLE Madison County voters will get to decide whether to increase the sales tax by a penny to help fund the county jail and other needs.
Jul 29, 2014 2:30 pm
Search crews were working again Tuesday to find a father and his infant son who disappeared last week in the Ouachita Mountains near Blue Mountain Lake.
Jul 29, 2014 12:55 pm
A 24-year-old Little Rock man is accused of battering a pregnant woman and telling her he hopes her baby dies, authorities said.
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