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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
Aug 30, 2014 6:17 pm
LAKE CITY, Ark. Sesame is gaining a foothold in parts of the southeast United States, where cotton has long been king, as farmers take advantage of its drought tolerance and a recently developed trai...
Aug 30, 2014 6:03 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Democrats Mark Pryor and Mike Ross took different positions on the president's federal health overhaul plan when it came before Congress four years ago. But, running in the ...
Aug 30, 2014 8:25 am
Arkansas voters will be asked in November whether they want to allow the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol throughout the state, after a constitutional amendment was certified to appear ...
Aug 30, 2014 8:19 am
Arkansas' more than 1,000 public schools are on the brink of being graded with the same A to F rating system that the schools apply to their students.
Aug 30, 2014 8:16 am
A Springdale landmark disappeared this summer. For almost half a century, a 7-foot-tall statue of the cartoon character Popeye stood in front of the canning plant on U.S. 71B on the city's nor...
Aug 30, 2014 8:09 am
The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the health of 13 college students who recently arrived in the state after traveling from African countries affected by Ebola, the department's d...
Aug 30, 2014 7:58 am
Little Rock officials have been granted permission by a circuit court judge to close the Willow Creek Apartments off Geyer Springs Road, and residents were given seven days to relocate.
Aug 30, 2014 7:53 am
WASHINGTON -- More than 12,000 veterans nationwide didn't receive their full disability benefit check heading into the holiday weekend because of a computer glitch, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said ...
Aug 30, 2014 7:52 am
OZARK -- Members of the Arkansas congressional delegation who were represented at a public meeting regarding plans for a power transmission line to send wind-generated power from Oklahoma to Tennessee...
Aug 30, 2014 7:50 am
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan will appoint residents to an advisory committee that will make recommendations to him on how to implement the city's newest anti-discrimination ordinance.
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