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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 31, 2015 6:38 pm
Two former Arkansas running backs spoke to the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday, telling stories of their Razorback years and how life has changed since their time in college.
Aug 31, 2015 6:16 pm
LITTLE ROCK A federal appeals court panel has affirmed a judge's ruling that the Blytheville School District acted properly when it opted out of Arkansas' School Choice Act and blocke...
Aug 31, 2015 4:53 pm
Thirteen Arkansas airports will receive a combined $8.5 million in federal funding to support infrastructure improvements, members of the state congressional delegation said Monday.
Aug 31, 2015 3:33 pm
The University of Arkansas announced Monday a policy banning the use of drones and other remote-controlled aircraft on campus.
Aug 31, 2015 2:20 pm
TEXARKANA The Hempstead County sheriff is proposing a voluntary tax as a "last-ditch effort" to fund pay raises for deputies and jailers.
Aug 31, 2015 2:02 pm
The Democratic Party of Arkansas on Monday named a Montana official as its new executive director.
Aug 31, 2015 12:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK Ongoing renovations to the Robinson Center Music Hall will cause more traffic slowdowns in downtown Little Rock.
Aug 31, 2015 10:04 am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are working together to devise a state plan for implementing a 1999 law on controlling haze in natural par...
Aug 31, 2015 9:55 am
In high heels that crunched on a mixture of gravel and recently fallen snow, the real estate agent teetered as she climbed a hill on the property about 25 miles from Fayetteville, Diana Rivers recalls...
Aug 31, 2015 9:12 am
More than a month after the chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma said he would sign an agreement with Arkansas officials prohibiting the tribe from building a casino on its Pulaski County property...
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