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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
Feb 11, 2016 8:46 pm
Regional air carrier Glo, based in New Orleans, will offer seasonal nonstop flights from Little Rock to Destin, Fla., later this year, the company said Thursday.
Feb 11, 2016 7:02 pm
LITTLE ROCK The state's insurance commissioner says members of the military stationed in Arkansas should consider buying renter's insurance because the Basic Allowance for Housing no ...
Feb 11, 2016 6:04 pm
The Little Rock School District has recently completed a series of reforms aimed at fixing problems that led to its takeover by the state one year ago, the superintendent of the district told a meetin...
Feb 11, 2016 5:53 pm
The bodies of two men thrown from a boat on Lake Maumelle were recovered Thursday after a search of the area, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Feb 11, 2016 5:50 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas' highest court says a former state lawmaker who was barred from running for sheriff because of a misdemeanor conviction is now eligible after his record was sealed.
Feb 11, 2016 4:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK Objecting to the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that lower-court judges can require that defendants pay their bail only in cash, the high court's chief justice cited a musician sel...
Feb 11, 2016 4:02 pm
A Bald Knob man has claimed a $100,000-winning ticket, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery officials said Thursday.
Feb 11, 2016 11:45 am
Fueled by a world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, Arkansas' lottery generated more revenue and net proceeds in January than it had in any month since ticket sales started in September 2...
Feb 11, 2016 11:45 am
State attorneys argued to a federal judge Wednesday that complaints made by Little Rock families and former School Board members about the 2015 state takeover of the district should be dismissed.
Feb 11, 2016 11:45 am
A Malvern man was sentenced to life plus 60 years in prison Tuesday after asking a Garland County Circuit Court jury from the witness stand to give him the maximum sentence for the 2014 rape and attem...
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