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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 26, 2017 4:43 am
The Arkansas Department of Education has released estimated federal grant amounts for school districts in 2017-18 that reflect funding formula changes in a new federal law and the population shifts wi...
Feb 26, 2017 4:41 am
A new agreement between Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and its new Mexico campus will reset the length of the partnership to a decade and give the Arkansas school a chance to earn more from it...
Feb 26, 2017 4:40 am
WASHINGTON -- After a renovation that lasted nearly three years and cost roughly $60 million, the top of the U.S. Capitol dome is open to the public again.
Feb 26, 2017 4:17 am
Cities across the United States and in Arkansas own hundreds of thousands of dollars in forgotten money catalogued by auditors in the state.
Feb 26, 2017 4:15 am
Plans are in the works for a University of Arkansas at Fayetteville office in downtown Little Rock to expand the school's offering of customized business courses to industry.
Feb 26, 2017 4:13 am
A study of Pulaski County employee salaries recently was canceled because of a violation of a contracting procedure, according to emails received under the state's Freedom of Information Act.
Feb 26, 2017 4:12 am
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Feb 26, 2017 4:11 am
City Director Erma Hendrix wants to change the makeup of Little Rock's various boards, commissions and committees so that most of them would include a representative from each of the city&...
Feb 26, 2017 4:10 am
BANDING TOGETHER: Musicians are often known for taking care of one another, and here is another example of such. Arkansas native and American Roots musician Sleepy LaBeef has a wife, Linda, who is fig...
Feb 26, 2017 4:10 am
Texarkana officials project that proposed fee changes would generate about $119,000 of revenue per year for the city.
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