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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
May 26, 2015 5:29 pm
BENTONVILLE The mother of convicted killer Zachary Holly tearfully said Tuesday that he was present as a child when she exchanged sex for methamphetamine.
May 26, 2015 4:30 pm
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday called a super-project state legislators will consider supporting with millions in state-issued bonds a "golden opportunity" while acknowledging he is philosop...
May 26, 2015 1:30 pm
An 8-year-old boy suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening Tuesday morning when he was hit by a car while getting on the bus in Pulaski County.
May 26, 2015 12:09 pm
JONESBORO Jonesboro police have released the name of a man who was fatally shot in an area home.
May 26, 2015 12:03 pm
More than 11,000 Entergy customers remained in the dark Tuesday morning, a day after strong storms caused high winds and at least one tornado across much of the state.
May 26, 2015 8:25 am
Severe storms that originated in north Texas and southern Oklahoma pushed into Arkansas on Monday afternoon with heavy rains and winds clocking in at up to 80 mph.
May 26, 2015 8:18 am
Military vehicles, agency mergers, the state's DWI laws and a Southern bloc primary are on the agenda for a special legislative session that starts today and officials hope will wrap up by wee...
May 26, 2015 8:13 am
The Governor's Council on Common Core Review concluded five days and 40 hours of testimony last week on the education standards and standardized tests used in the state's 237 public sc...
May 26, 2015 8:10 am
A report on student testing released Thursday finds big gaps in most states between the percentage of students shown to be proficient in reading and math on state tests and the much lower number found...
May 26, 2015 7:48 am
Because the stock markets were closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day, there is no business section in todays editions.
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