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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 30, 2015 7:46 am
100 years ago, Aug. 30, 1915: LEWISVILLE -- The Red river is falling slowly because of rains above. The water still is six feet deep over the broken gas main near here, and officials say repairs canno...
Aug 30, 2015 6:00 am
Monday, 8 a.m., Springdale Airport Commission -- City Council Chambers, City Administration Building, 201 Spring St.
Aug 30, 2015 6:00 am
Casey Dulaney, 20, of 1247 Mount Comfort Road in Fayetteville was arrested Friday in connection with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a control...
Aug 29, 2015 10:43 am
A federal agency has directed the Arkansas Department of Human Services to give Arkansans more time to prove they remain eligible for Medicaid benefits.
Aug 29, 2015 10:41 am
After three hours of debate capped by a tearful apology from former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, a federal judge sentenced the 71-year-old Newport woman to 2 1/2 years in prison Friday for accepti...
Aug 29, 2015 10:40 am
Arkansas' attorney general said Friday that legal gun owners are free to openly carry or ride with their weapons but should be ready to field inquiries from law enforcement personnel wondering...
Aug 29, 2015 10:38 am
Arkansas' youngest test-takers scored lower on the 2015 Iowa Test of Basic Skills than did pupils in past years.
Aug 29, 2015 10:36 am
New medium or large hog farms are now banned for the next five years in the Buffalo National River's watershed, under an Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission vote approving the ba...
Aug 29, 2015 10:28 am
The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 13-35-40-60-68. Mega Ball: 9.
Aug 29, 2015 10:25 am
The USS Hoga tugboat was present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Razorback submarine was present at the official Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. A...
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