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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
Dec 8, 2013 4:52 pm
Road conditions for many state highways are slick from ice on Sunday morning, according to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's weather map.
Dec 8, 2013 4:18 pm
About 10,000 Arkansans remain without electricity following winter storms that crossed the state.
Dec 8, 2013 3:58 pm
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Gov. Mike Beebe's declaration of a state of emergency because of winter storms crossing the state has triggered state laws intended to protect co...
Dec 8, 2013 8:27 am
After a storm that dropped freezing rain throughout Arkansas and as much as a foot of snow in some places, Arkansans can expect clearer roads and power to be restored within the next few days, officia...
Dec 8, 2013 8:21 am
Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said he is investigating whether a Little Rock companys limited network of hospitals, doctors and other providers for some of the plans it is offering on t...
Dec 8, 2013 8:18 am
The fundraising division at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will need an additional $2 million a year in revenue to operate without an annual deficit, said the divisions head.
Dec 8, 2013 8:17 am
Brad Choate, one of the University of Arkansas at Fayettevilles most successful fundraisers, is expected to talk publicly this week for the first time about how the Division of University Advancement ...
Dec 8, 2013 7:57 am
Auditors, school officials and Joy Sharp herself, who worked for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for almost 40 years, agree that she made mistakes in handling finances for the schools fundr...
Dec 8, 2013 7:56 am
Washington County prosecutors are investigating four issues related to multimillion-dollar deficits in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Division of University Advancement.
Dec 8, 2013 7:50 am
Little Rock residents will vote Tuesday in a special bond election to fund renovations for the Robinson Center, and city officials are worried that lingering winter weather will keep voters away from ...
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