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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
Oct 4, 2015 9:13 am
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed Saturday that the military amend dishonorable-discharge records for gays and transgender people who were expelled from military servic...
Oct 4, 2015 9:12 am
Eight Arkansas schools were among hundreds honored over the weekend by the Clinton Foundation's Alliance for a Healthier Generation at a meeting in Washington.
Oct 4, 2015 9:08 am
Getting lunch at a food truck often involves nice weather to lure people out of the office, a bit of a line, and the loud sound of a motor keeping a portable kitchen running.
Oct 4, 2015 9:07 am
Arkansas State University has announced an accelerated degree program that would help students graduate in three years.
Oct 4, 2015 9:06 am
Lt. Antonio Bizio fell in love from behind rows of barbed-wire fence, thousands of miles away from his Italian homeland and his future bride, whom he'd never met.
Oct 4, 2015 9:05 am
Six months after an important artery serving the Lonoke County School District was repaved, a four-block section of it is falling apart to the point that buses and vehicles of parents and students who...
Oct 4, 2015 9:05 am
The fate of a shuttered hotel that's attached to the Pine Bluff Convention Center remains in limbo after sitting vacant since midsummer.
Oct 4, 2015 9:04 am
LADEN WITH LAURELS: Perryville native Shawn Camp, with the band Earls of Leicester, was named male vocalist of the year Thursday night at the 26th annual International Bluegrass Music Association&...
Oct 4, 2015 8:27 am
U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson has dismissed a federal lawsuit against the Humane Society of Pulaski County that was filed by the owners of an Austin dog-breeding operation over the seizure of m...
Oct 4, 2015 8:25 am
Downtown parking needs to be considered as the Bentonville area continues to grow, city officials and planning commissioners said.
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