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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
May 18, 2013 4:04 pm
The National Weather Service says Arkansas has repeated chances at seeing severe weather through Wednesday.
May 18, 2013 10:27 am
A federal judge on Friday prohibited the state of Arkansas from enforcing a new law that outlaws most abortions at or after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
May 18, 2013 10:24 am
Gov. Mike Beebe said hes not taking sides in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, although one of his staff members is working part time as a fundraising consultant for gubernatorial candidate and fo...
May 18, 2013 10:23 am
The Arkansas General Assembly quietly ended its 101-day regular session Friday without attempting to override Gov. Mike Beebes vetoes of three election bills sponsored by an outspoken Republican criti...
May 18, 2013 10:20 am
House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, said Friday that he wont seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2014 and that hes accepted a job as executive vice president of Home BancShares in Conway.
May 18, 2013 10:18 am
Dear Mahatma: Cantrell Road used to have a 25 mph school zone between University Avenue and Kavanaugh Boulevard. Now its a school zone when flashing, no reduction in speed required. Why the change? J...
May 18, 2013 10:18 am
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday that all of its regional and field offices will take furloughs on seven selected Fridays as a result of automatic government wide ...
May 18, 2013 10:17 am
The states largest airport continues to struggle to modernize its financial system.
May 18, 2013 10:16 am
With a shrug of his shoulders Friday, 35-year-old Ronnie Lee Canada admitted to burning, fracturing bones and inflicting other injuries on a 2-year-old boy in Little Rock.
May 18, 2013 10:14 am
Eureka Springs Superintendent Curtis Turner Jr. is taking his 26 years of school district leadership experience to Mineral Springs.