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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 27, 2014 10:29 pm
A school bus was involved in a head-on crash on Wednesday afternoon, officials say.
Aug 27, 2014 8:03 pm
The Arkansas Community Foundation has awarded $60,000 in grants to six organizations that work to improve social and economic conditions for children and families in the Arkansas Delta region.
Aug 27, 2014 2:01 pm
Former professional boxing champion Jermain Taylor pleaded innocent Wednesday to first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault charges over accusations he shot his cousin during an altercation ...
Aug 27, 2014 12:11 pm
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is campaigning in Arkansas on behalf of Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson's campaign.
Aug 27, 2014 7:47 am
Premiums for plans on Arkansas' health insurance exchange would drop an average of more than 2 percent next year under preliminary rates approved by the state Insurance Department, state offic...
Aug 27, 2014 7:33 am
The state would have to come up with $59.4 million a year to raise funding for public school employee health insurance to the same level provided for state employees' health plans, the directo...
Aug 27, 2014 7:31 am
The Mayflower police chief fired an officer Tuesday after a prosecutor said the patrolman had withheld evidence that tended to exonerate a woman accused of stealing supplies for tornado victims in May...
Aug 27, 2014 7:30 am
The Honduran rape suspect on the run after escaping early Monday from the Pulaski County courthouse has a history of evading the law, according to federal officials.
Aug 27, 2014 7:29 am
Agreements with three cities to fund the Pulaski County jail are official today, after the Quorum Court approved an ordinance Tuesday night allowing the county to enter into a new five-year contract w...
Aug 27, 2014 7:28 am
Matthew Wayne Nichols crouched in front of a Pulaski County jury Tuesday to show how he held his fiancee down, doused the North Little Rock woman with gasoline, then set her on fire with a lighter -- ...
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