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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 27, 2014 8:29 pm
The Little Rock Watershed Project worked hard again this Thanksgiving as they packaged meals for those in need.
Nov 27, 2014 3:14 pm
Ann Toney's Thanksgiving began about 2:45 a.m. in a mostly empty Kmart parking lot.
Nov 27, 2014 10:59 am
A federal magistrate has recommended the government not force medication on a 74-year-old man to make him mentally competent to stand trial.
Nov 27, 2014 10:27 am
The state Department of Information Systems said it has asked for the repayment of some travel expenses that didn't abide by state rules and is planning to revise its billing and rates, moves ...
Nov 27, 2014 10:26 am
In 2006, Exxon Mobil reversed the flow of its aging and idle Pegasus pipeline to benefit from the increasing production of Canada's bitumen oil and transport the thicker crude south from Illin...
Nov 27, 2014 9:27 am
In the Republicans' national weekly address released today, U.S. Sen.-elect Tom Cotton wishes Americans a happy Thanksgiving and thanks members of the military for their service.
Nov 27, 2014 9:26 am
This Thanksgiving week marks a first for students and many employees in the Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts -- a full week away from their schools and classrooms.
Nov 27, 2014 9:24 am
Spc. Jared Kolb moved among other soldiers and their families Wednesday afternoon in Fisher Armory, searching for his parents, sister, girlfriend and daughter.
Nov 27, 2014 9:23 am
Sharron Turman had envisioned a Field of Dreams-style opening for the Miracle League of Jonesboro's baseball field and playground, complete with help from Kevin Costner.
Nov 27, 2014 9:22 am
After meals of turkey, sides and a slice -- or two -- of pie today, many Arkansans will turn their attention to the second half of the Thanksgiving holiday: Black Friday.
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