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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
Jun 19, 2013 6:47 pm
A monkey that escaped a Conway animal clinic was recaptured Tuesday after it climbed up a police officer, perched on his shoulder and later followed the lawman back inside.
Jun 19, 2013 6:42 pm
Crews are on the scene of a reported oil spill in Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs.
Jun 19, 2013 4:32 pm
People were evacuated from University of Arkansas buildings Wednesday morning after a gas line ruptured on Dickson Street near the Hillside Auditorium. The leak was fixed and the evacuation ended shor...
Jun 19, 2013 4:28 pm
The Central Arkansas Library System is considering naming their newest addition, a children's library, in honor of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Jun 19, 2013 1:42 pm
A Little Rock police officer who fatally shot a 15-year-old suspect made a "split second" decision to open fire when he realized the car the teen was driving was "fixing to run over him...
Jun 19, 2013 12:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has named Paula Casey as its interim vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school.
Jun 19, 2013 12:15 pm
LITTLE ROCK An Arkansas panel is reviewing the rules for enforcing a new state law that will require voters to show photo identification at the polls before they can cast a ballot.
Jun 19, 2013 12:12 pm
LITTLE ROCK A chicken in Scott County is confirmed with avian influenza, and state officials have quarantined poultry within a 6.2-mile radius around the infected bird's farm.
Jun 19, 2013 9:58 am
Two weeks after storms took several lives while destroying houses, washing away bridges and sweeping away roads, Scott County Judge James Forbes is waiting.
Jun 19, 2013 9:58 am
Steve Williams, the chief executive officer of Little Rocks Maverick USA trucking company, told a House panel Tuesday that new rules for how long truck drivers can stay behind the wheel before taking ...