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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
Jul 7, 2015 6:39 am
A joint meeting of the Legislature's Public Health, Welfare and Labor committees reviewed with no objection Monday a proposal to ban new medium or large hog farms in the Buffalo National River...
Jul 7, 2015 6:36 am
FAYETTEVILLE -- Washington County officials were justified in firing the county's purchasing manager last month, a Quorum Court committee ruled Monday afternoon in a case that's tied t...
Jul 7, 2015 6:35 am
ROGERS -- The School District and the city teamed up recently to provide students and the rest of the community another place to play volleyball outdoors.
Jul 7, 2015 6:34 am
BENTONVILLE -- A Cave Springs man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.
Jul 7, 2015 6:33 am
FORT SMITH -- A Fort Smith man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty in Sebastian County Circuit Court to murder and rape charges in the death of his 2½-year-old niec...
Jul 7, 2015 6:33 am
ROGERS -- Whitey's Chicken Cookin' Crew will be back at the pit Saturday barbecuing for the Rogers High School football team, according to a news release.
Jul 7, 2015 6:32 am
LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday his intention to commute the sentence of a Grady man who is serving life in prison for possessing methamphetamine.
Jul 6, 2015 7:25 pm
A Judsonia man was arrested Tuesday after White County deputies recovered $38,000 worth of property that had been reported stolen from various law enforcement agencies.
Jul 6, 2015 3:12 pm
St. Francis County residents in east Arkansas now have the option to pay personal property and real estate taxes online, county officials say.
Jul 6, 2015 2:39 pm
Rain showers and thunderstorms are possible for parts of north and central Arkansas on Monday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.
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