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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
Nov 28, 2014 6:55 pm
One person was injured in a shooting Thursday night in Little Rock, authorities said.
Nov 28, 2014 4:57 pm
Just one day after Thanksgiving, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at one of Little Rock's downtown landmarks.
Nov 28, 2014 4:43 pm
FORT SMITH Supporters of same-sex marriages say legalizing the unions could have a $24 million impact on Arkansas' economy.
Nov 28, 2014 1:13 pm
TULSA The National Weather Service says the fire danger is rising in much of eastern Oklahoma and parts of Northwest Arkansas.
Nov 28, 2014 1:11 pm
HOT SPRINGS Hot Springs National Park is joining with local chapters of the National Audubon Society and the city of Hot Springs to host a Christmas bird count.
Nov 28, 2014 8:32 am
Without new ways to raise money, central Arkansas' long-range transportation plan will have $6.4 billion to work with -- and fall about $13.1 billion short of addressing identified needs throu...
Nov 28, 2014 8:26 am
When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school had one request: Could we get a reduced rate for publ...
Nov 28, 2014 8:19 am
Having volunteered at the Watershed Family Resource Center every Thanksgiving since 1997, Glenda Wilson knew how to handle the chaos.
Nov 28, 2014 8:17 am
A new rule proposed by the Arkansas Division of Medical Services would limit home health care aides to working 40 hours per week if any portion of their pay comes from Medicaid dollars.
Nov 28, 2014 8:16 am
A Pulaski County circuit judge has partially certified the class-action status in a lawsuit against the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs over a group of veterans-home workers who say they are o...
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