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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
Oct 25, 2014 7:31 am
Representatives of the Little Rock School District and its employees union said early Friday that they have resolved language disputes in a proposed contract for custodians, clearing the way for a Sch...
Oct 25, 2014 7:30 am
CONWAY -- When an associate provost at the University of Central Arkansas got two raises last summer after she applied for what amounted to two promotions on the same day, some faculty members questio...
Oct 25, 2014 7:28 am
A section of Hinson Road in Little Rock will be closed beginning Tuesday for two weeks.
Oct 25, 2014 7:27 am
A 34-year-old Little Rock man who shot two brothers, killing one of them, was sentenced Friday to 46 years in prison after a Pulaski County jury learned the man had maimed a woman 14 years ago in a sh...
Oct 25, 2014 7:26 am
Kent Vestal, a former business partner of Democratic lieutenant governor candidate John Burkhalter, said Thursday that lawsuits filed by a company owned by Burkhalter accusing two former employees and...
Oct 25, 2014 7:22 am
OZARK -- Arkansas Tech University at Ozark campus officials said a new allied health building will create opportunity for students and the community, as they broke ground on the facility Thursday.
Oct 25, 2014 7:22 am
A former secretary of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department under President Bill Clinton has chosen Northwest Arkansas to start his new initiative to foster immigrant integration in commun...
Oct 25, 2014 7:19 am
State Fairgrounds hosts flu shot clinic
Oct 25, 2014 7:18 am
When it comes to getting creeped out, what better place for that than the comfortable environs of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre?
Oct 25, 2014 7:17 am
A forum-style community conversation Monday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will focus on how Americans should prepare for the evolving workforce.
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