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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
Sep 2, 2014 7:18 am
September is the fall guy of the year. Daylight dwindles, chuck wagons reel, bees bumble, steam engines huff, and leaves come tumblin' down.
Sep 2, 2014 7:07 am
East Arkansas, Big Long Lake, circa 1910 According to the notation penned across the top of this card, this well-dressed family was "going home with a boat full of fish from Big Long Lake."
Sep 1, 2014 6:06 pm
Philander Smith College on Sunday locked down its dormitories for an hour and a half after three students led police on a chase through campus, Little Rock police said Monday.
Sep 1, 2014 8:22 am
With the question of the legality of Arkansas' voter-identification requirement pending before the state Supreme Court, college professors, black lawyers and civil-rights groups are asking the...
Sep 1, 2014 8:21 am
The Little Rock School Board's unanimous vote last week to accept the results of a year-long facilities study from its consultants is the first step in what will be a lengthy process to upgrad...
Sep 1, 2014 7:53 am
After eight years of illuminating the night along the Arkansas River, the fading lights across the Big Dam Bridge are soon to be replaced.
Sep 1, 2014 7:52 am
A Pine Bluff-area community college has complained to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board that a four-year university offering concurrent enrollment at a nearby high school has encroached...
Sep 1, 2014 7:51 am
PINE BLUFF -- As a young girl, Trudy Sanders of Spring, Texas, enjoyed swinging around the large columns that anchor the Hotel Pines' facade to Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff. Her mother s...
Sep 1, 2014 7:50 am
A Eureka Springs man who is a renowned meteorite hunter said a laboratory confirmed Thursday that an object he raised more than $5,000 to buy is a rare lunar meteorite.
Sep 1, 2014 7:50 am
BENTON -- After two years in the dark, C.W. Lewis Stadium will shine again.
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