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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
Jul 27, 2014 4:13 pm
Outside the Travelers game Saturday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, people were being encouraged to text and drive, as long as they were willing to face the consequences.
Jul 27, 2014 10:29 am
Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson took a homestead property tax credit that he wasn't entitled to in Pulaski County, repaying some of the money shortly before he said he intended...
Jul 27, 2014 10:27 am
Members of the Mississippi County Election Commission said they agonized over each of the 172 absentee ballots that were disqualified during the May 20 primary election -- most of them because the vot...
Jul 27, 2014 10:23 am
On an oddly cool summer evening recently, U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman stood on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and laughed as their staffs taunted each other over who was to blame fo...
Jul 27, 2014 9:39 am
Four Arkansas teens traveled to the nation's capital last week for a crash course in politics that included a day on Capitol Hill and a chance to meet President Barack Obama.
Jul 27, 2014 9:38 am
Republican congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton met with supporters in Little Rock on Saturday to announce his campaign's Veterans for Cotton Coalition and to question Democratic o...
Jul 27, 2014 9:23 am
Virginia state Sen. L. Louise Lucas has plenty she wants to do this weekend in Little Rock: see the state Capitol, visit the Clinton Presidential Center and figure out how to help her state solve its ...
Jul 27, 2014 9:20 am
Little Rock Animal Services Manager Tracy Roark estimates that his staff has caught about 200 stray animals by traps this year, and about 60 percent of those were euthanized because of illness or aggr...
Jul 27, 2014 9:19 am
A request to the North Little Rock Board of Adjustment this week will provide the first test of a recent city zoning change meant to allow a process for unrelated disabled people to share a home.
Jul 27, 2014 9:18 am
Plans to build two new fire stations are on a hiatus after Bryant collected less than it expected from sales-tax revenue.
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