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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
Oct 25, 2014 8:12 am
Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing nearly 60 farmers, grain dealers, trucking companies and other entities with outstanding claims wort...
Oct 25, 2014 8:11 am
BATESVILLE -- Robert Griffin, county judge of Independence county, granted the Southside community's request to become the state's 501st city after a lengthy and often contentious hear...
Oct 25, 2014 8:08 am
Arkansans experiencing thousands of bite-size 30-second political ads are about to encounter something new -- a super-size U.S. Senate commercial.
Oct 25, 2014 8:07 am
The recent restructuring of South Louisiana Street downtown into a one-lane roadway to accommodate what is known as a protected bike lane has upset several people who work and drive along the corridor...
Oct 25, 2014 7:38 am
A state commission Friday renewed a 180-day pause on issuing environmental permits to prospective medium or large hog farms in the Buffalo River watershed.
Oct 25, 2014 7:38 am
Dear Mahatma: How do real estate firms get away with putting open-house signs in the public right-of-way? I see them on sidewalks and even in the street. The city says it's not legal. Real est...
Oct 25, 2014 7:37 am
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has filed a complaint for disciplinary action against an independent Jefferson County sheriff candidate that accuses him of violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits ...
Oct 25, 2014 7:36 am
A federal judge Friday issued prison sentences to five defendants convicted of taking part in a scheme to defraud the IRS by fraudulently claiming the First Time Homebuyers tax credit on 250 tax retur...
Oct 25, 2014 7:31 am
Representatives of the Little Rock School District and its employees union said early Friday that they have resolved language disputes in a proposed contract for custodians, clearing the way for a Sch...
Oct 25, 2014 7:30 am
CONWAY -- When an associate provost at the University of Central Arkansas got two raises last summer after she applied for what amounted to two promotions on the same day, some faculty members questio...
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