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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
Apr 29, 2016 6:35 pm
Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, a cover band associated with the actor's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, was scheduled to hold a free concert for military members an...
Apr 29, 2016 5:51 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plans to continue with the state's annual elk hunting season despite the presence of chronic wasting disease found in some elk.
Apr 29, 2016 5:04 pm
Up to 100 jobs will be added in Little Rock by the end of 2016 with the opening of Sprint's regional office in the state's capital, the chairman for the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce...
Apr 29, 2016 2:17 pm
Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck pleaded no contest Friday to a misdemeanor tampering charge and received six months on probation and a $500 fine.
Apr 29, 2016 1:14 pm
One man was injured Friday morning when a piece of plasterboard fell on him while he was working on renovations at the Robinson Center, a spokesman for the Little Rock Fire Department said.
Apr 29, 2016 12:43 pm
Broadcast reporter Hilary Hunt said Friday that she will leave her job at Little Rock?s NBC and Fox affiliates next month to become a news anchor in Northwest Arkansas.
Apr 29, 2016 10:56 am
TV?s <em>American Idol</em> has hung up its microphone for good, but Carrie Underwood, one of the show?s brightest products, marches on.
Apr 29, 2016 9:53 am
Little Rock Fire Department crews responded to at least three reports of lightning hitting buildings Friday as strong storms moved through.
Apr 29, 2016 9:37 am
Nine children and a school bus driver were transported to a local hospital for evaluation after a car hit a bus in North Little Rock on Friday morning, according to a district spokesman.
Apr 29, 2016 8:08 am
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for 16 counties in southwest Arkansas.
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