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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
Mar 7, 2014 4:23 pm
Road work over the weekend will close Interstate 630 lanes in Little Rock.
Mar 7, 2014 3:48 pm
Gov. Mike Beebe on Friday morning signed a law that ensures the continuation of funding for the state's private-option Medicaid expansion through June 2015.
Mar 7, 2014 2:22 pm
Interstate 430, Interstate 40 and connecting roads were heavily congested in central Arkansas on Friday morning as multiple accidents were reported.
Mar 7, 2014 2:00 pm
Singer-songwriter James Taylor will be stopping in central Arkansas in August.
Mar 7, 2014 1:20 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas lawmakers are taking their first look at legislation outlining the state's $5 billion budget for the coming year.
Mar 7, 2014 1:16 pm
LITTLE ROCK A broker who handled a large share of Arkansas' bond business says he gave the state's former treasurer $6,000 at her Capitol office because she needed help through a roug...
Mar 7, 2014 1:13 pm
FAYETTEVILLE A former First Minister of Scotland and member of Parliament in the United Kingdom is giving a speech next week at the University of Arkansas about the role of learning in modern society...
Mar 7, 2014 9:26 am
Arkansas legislators plan to meet Tuesday to review the state Highway and Transportation Departments response to sleet and snow on roadways that stranded thousands of motorists in eastern Arkansas ear...
Mar 7, 2014 9:22 am
Former employees of Martha Shoffner described her Thursday to a federal jury as volatile and ill-tempered, with a penchant for slamming her fist on tables and declaring, Im the g****** state treasurer...
Mar 7, 2014 9:17 am
A package of bills spending $21.9 million of the states $126 million surplus on several projects cleared the Legislative Joint Budget Committee on Thursday.
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