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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 29, 2015 7:48 am
Arkansas National Guard Spc. Samuel Scudder returned from a deployment in Afghanistan last year with a knee injury, nerve damage and hearing loss.
Mar 29, 2015 7:47 am
J.B. Hutton Jr. was 77 years old when he responded to a brush fire in Dermott -- the aches of aging and the pleas of his family couldn't keep him away.
Mar 29, 2015 7:45 am
BUILDING RECOGNITION: Reese Rowland, an architect with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects in Little Rock, is included in a recently released book, South: What it Means to be Here in Heart or in Spirit, by...
Mar 29, 2015 7:45 am
All of the University of Arkansas System's campuses are reviewing options to handle an increase in employee health insurance premiums.
Mar 29, 2015 7:44 am
FAYETTEVILLE -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson received a warm welcome Saturday from a Northwest Arkansas group whose mission is to hold conservative officeholders accountable. Getting that welcome, though, requ...
Mar 29, 2015 7:43 am
CONWAY -- Kristin Lewis' job has taken her 6,000 miles from home to opera stages in Vienna and other European cities.
Mar 29, 2015 7:42 am
Reducing the number of discarded tires found in ditches and vacant lots in North Little Rock is the aim of a new city law that will take effect Aug. 1, city officials said last week.
Mar 29, 2015 7:41 am
ASU movie festival features Cash film
Mar 29, 2015 7:40 am
Twenty-two applicants are contending to become the first chancellor of a soon-to-be Arkansas State University campus.
Mar 29, 2015 7:36 am
The Phillips Community College chancellorship has drawn another candidate, bringing the total applicants to 19.
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