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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
Jan 31, 2015 9:02 am
Most Independent Citizens Commission members want to more than double state legislators' salaries.
Jan 31, 2015 8:57 am
Motorists in all likelihood will drive today on the first completed structures in the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange in west Little Rock.
Jan 31, 2015 8:56 am
PINE BLUFF -- Pine Bluff has agreed to pay a former police chief $350,000 to settle a federal lawsuit, Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said Friday afternoon.
Jan 31, 2015 8:54 am
Eight employees at the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery could have their positions eliminated, reducing salaries by more than $400,000 a year, if the lottery becomes part of the Arkansas Department of Fin...
Jan 31, 2015 8:40 am
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday hired an Arkadelphia man to take the helm of its corresponding agency.
Jan 31, 2015 8:40 am
A state board should have responded sooner to allegations that a Booneville facility for the disabled is unsafe and should be closed, a board member said Friday.
Jan 31, 2015 8:39 am
A former Bentonville school worker showed no emotion Friday as he was sentenced to 35 years in prison in the rape of a 5-year-old girl last year.
Jan 31, 2015 8:36 am
The proposed U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith made $1 million on Thursday through the sale of commemorative coins, said Jim Dunn, president and chief executive officer of the museum.
Jan 31, 2015 8:36 am
Attorneys in a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil want a federal judge to order the oil giant to authorize one of its vendors to create a list of property owners along the Pegasus pipeline so th...
Jan 31, 2015 8:35 am
Dear Mahatma: On Sixth Street downtown, just west of Main, there's a rectangular sign painted on the pavement. It's right in the middle of the street, it's purple and white, an...
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