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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 29, 2014 6:58 pm
A Conway woman crashed and flipped her car Friday while on her way to lunch in Little Rock.
Aug 29, 2014 5:56 pm
Showers and thunderstorms are expected for much of the state Friday through Sunday, forecasters say.
Aug 29, 2014 5:44 pm
HOT SPRINGS Oaklawn Park says it will raise purses for live thoroughbred racing for the seventh consecutive year.
Aug 29, 2014 4:03 pm
The city of Little Rock has received a temporary injunction from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Timothy Fox to close Willow Creek Apartments, saying it has committed more than 250 municipal code violati...
Aug 29, 2014 3:02 pm
HOT SPRINGS Entergy Arkansas says the annual drawdowns of water levels in Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine will begin Nov. 1.
Aug 29, 2014 1:04 pm
Little Rock police are investigating after crews responding to a house fire found the bodies of a man and a woman early Friday morning.
Aug 29, 2014 12:17 pm
FORT SMITH A Whirlpool spokesman says a toxic chemical found in the groundwater of a Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club does not pose a health risk.
Aug 29, 2014 12:10 pm
LITTLE ROCK Little Rock authorities say three sculptures worth $30,000 have been stolen from Riverfront Park.
Aug 29, 2014 9:30 am
For a long time, engineers have made medical devices, said Ashok Saxena, head of the University of Arkansas at Fayettevilles Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Aug 29, 2014 8:31 am
A chance of rain this weekend likely won't deter too many Arkansans from enjoying the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend that traditionally marks the close of summer.
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