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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
Aug 2, 2015 10:19 am
Planned Parenthood facilities in Arkansas do not participate in the fetal-tissue program that has drawn national attention in recent weeks, a spokesman for the organization said.
Aug 2, 2015 10:18 am
The five organizations now applying to establish open-enrollment charter schools in Arkansas for the 2016-17 school year include one of the oldest charter-school operators in the state and two others ...
Aug 2, 2015 10:16 am
This fall, the Natural State will be the first in which every high school and charter school offers at least one computer-science course.
Aug 2, 2015 9:31 am
On Thursday, U.S. Rep. French Hill gave his Golden Fleece award to the Federal Housing Finance Agency for approving approximately $4 million in raises each for the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac....
Aug 2, 2015 8:42 am
Zoe McGee, 11, pulled her 2-year-old cousin in a red wagon as they headed toward the bus -- a moving mural of sportily dressed and well-read badgers, the Beebe Public Schools' mascot.
Aug 2, 2015 8:41 am
Southside High School has a new fight song, and Principal Wayne Haver said he wants to have a new mascot chosen by the end of the year.
Aug 2, 2015 8:40 am
Two Little Rock residents have submitted an application to have the name of Confederate Boulevard changed.
Aug 2, 2015 8:38 am
Without a jail, Madison County Sheriff Phillip Morgan has gotten used to hauling prisoners back and forth between the courthouse in Huntsville and the Washington County jail in Fayetteville, 30 miles ...
Aug 2, 2015 8:37 am
On onionskin paper in airmailed letters, then 19-year-old Arkansan George Hemphill wrote to his parents from one Vietnamese town to the next.
Aug 2, 2015 8:36 am
SWEET EXPOSURE: Dumpster Honey, a poem by Davis McCombs, associate professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, appears in The New Yorker magazine issue dated Monday. The poem w...
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