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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 23, 2014 6:59 am
Osceola, circa 1950 Many people were shopping on what was probably a Saturday.
Sep 23, 2014 2:05 am
LITTLE ROCK A lawsuit filed before the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday is seeking to block from the November ballot a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage.
Sep 22, 2014 9:00 pm
Members of the state's federal delegation have announced more than $1.6 million in economic development grants for Faulkner County for expansion of disaster recovery efforts and water, sewer a...
Sep 22, 2014 8:43 pm
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission are meeting next month over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan.
Sep 22, 2014 8:18 pm
Henderson State's Kevin Rodgers has been named the Great American Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in last week's 60-17 win over Southeastern Oklahoma.
Sep 22, 2014 6:32 pm
The Arkansas Health Department officials confirmed Monday that enterovirus D68, a virus that has caused severe illness in children nationally, has been found in Arkansas.
Sep 22, 2014 5:21 pm
A family was awakened early Sunday morning to the sound of a bullet striking their Little Rock home, police say.
Sep 22, 2014 3:48 pm
A Little Rock man was shot in the cheek Saturday in an Asher Avenue parking lot, police say.
Sep 22, 2014 3:27 pm
CABOT The Arkansas Highway Commission has approved a bid of nearly $1 million for road improvements in Cabot and Maumelle.
Sep 22, 2014 3:06 pm
In honor of National Womens Health and Fitness Day, the UAMS will host its 12th annual womens fitness event Saturday.
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