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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 29, 2015 4:59 pm
Authorities on Sunday morning were investigating a homicide at 1406 South Battery St., the Little Rock Police Department said.
Nov 29, 2015 10:43 am
The close proximity of elementary school campuses in much of the Little Rock School District is becoming a focal point in the search for ways to cut costs and increase efficiency in the state'...
Nov 29, 2015 10:43 am
The fast-growing number of Marshallese women in Northwest Arkansas giving up their children for adoption has prompted the area's legal, medical and advocacy communities to call for more oversi...
Nov 29, 2015 9:29 am
Rain flooded parts of western Arkansas and several rivers across the state Saturday, but the clouds are expected to drop much less rain today and Monday.
Nov 29, 2015 9:28 am
It's hard to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' simulation center.
Nov 29, 2015 9:27 am
PROUD PAPA: When recently asked about his son, Joe Driver -- an employee of Office Depot on Cantrell Road in Little Rock -- brightened and showed off a recent photo of his boy. Not from the usual plac...
Nov 29, 2015 9:25 am
Crisis intervention centers for the mentally ill would help reduce crowding in county jails and state prisons, according to a coalition of officials traveling the state to recruit support for funding.
Nov 29, 2015 9:25 am
Autistic children are injured in Arkansas public schools because there are no mandatory guidelines on the use of restraints on students, advocates said recently.
Nov 29, 2015 9:24 am
Martha Bull's death at a Greenbrier nursing home in 2008 has been the subject of lawsuits and newspaper articles.
Nov 29, 2015 8:43 am
Christmas parade scheduled Dec. 6 North Little Rock's annual Christmas parade will start at 2 p.m. Dec. 6, followed by the city's new tradition of having a "Northern Lights Festiv...
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