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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
Dec 8, 2013 7:47 am
North Little Rock plans to use $1.15 million from its reserves to balance its 2014 general fund budget at $60.1 million after city officials also lowered projected expenditures for employee travel, a ...
Dec 8, 2013 7:46 am
A Little Rock man serving a 40-year sentence for first-degree murder and working mostly without a lawyer has gotten his 2006 conviction overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court on the grounds that his...
Dec 8, 2013 7:44 am
There will be no more scanners by his side broadcasting emergencies 24/7.
Dec 8, 2013 7:42 am
Because of Winn Dixie is a win.
Dec 8, 2013 7:41 am
A Pine Bluff robbery task force officer shot a man who pointed a weapon at the officer during an attempted holdup on Friday, according to a news release.
Dec 8, 2013 7:40 am
Hampton Liu was presented with the Overall Academic Achiever Award at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home.
Dec 8, 2013 7:39 am
OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
Dec 8, 2013 7:39 am
100 YEARS AGO Dec. 8, 1913 LEAD HILL Sleep walking is all right as long as the victim remains asleep, believes John Etheridge, a Lead Hill mechanic who is afflicted.
Dec 8, 2013 7:38 am
Because of inclement weather, the deadline for funeral homes to submit obituaries is noon today.
Dec 8, 2013 7:37 am
Burns Park to get 14 controlled burn A controlled burn in North Little Rocks Burns Park is planned for 2014, a city Parks and Recreation Department news release said.
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