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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
Mar 27, 2017 5:00 pm
Home BancShares Inc. will acquire Florida-based Stonegate Bank as part of a $778.4 million deal, the Conway-based parent company of Centennial Bank said.
Mar 27, 2017 4:57 pm
The National Weather Service has confirmed that five tornadoes touched down in Arkansas during the weekend, all ranked EF2 and below.
Mar 27, 2017 4:50 pm
The Arkansas Parole Board on Monday recommended to Gov. Asa Hutchinson that clemency be denied for two inmates on death row.
Mar 27, 2017 4:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation preventing municipal airports from being named after living politicians after a provision was removed that would have stricken Bill and Hilla...
Mar 27, 2017 3:41 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? The eight inmates facing lethal injection in Arkansas next month asked a federal judge Monday to block the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four days of double executions ov...
Mar 27, 2017 3:15 pm
Dozens of people stormed into an Arkansas Wal-Mart late Friday, taking and throwing items from shelves as they made their way through the store, police said.
Mar 27, 2017 2:22 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? A bill that would allow married gay couples in Arkansas to list both spouses' names on their children's birth certificates without a court order has failed to advance out...
Mar 27, 2017 12:56 pm
A mid-week system will likely bring another round of severe weather to Arkansas, particularly in the western half of the state, forecasters said.
Mar 27, 2017 12:54 pm
A robber took $50 worth of beer from a Dollar General on Friday morning, pushing a store employee when she tried to take it back, according to a report.
Mar 27, 2017 12:19 pm
A robber stole a box of cigars from a tobacco store Friday morning and shoved the store manager when she tried to stop him from leaving the building, according to a report.
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