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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
Nov 28, 2015 6:19 pm
LITTLE ROCK The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings and watches across most of Arkansas as a slow-moving storm system continues to dump rain on the state Saturday.
Nov 28, 2015 3:48 pm
FORT WORTH Heavy rain and icy conditions are likely to stick around through most of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in parts of the central U.S. due to a slow-moving, complex weather system that&...
Nov 28, 2015 9:48 am
A convicted felon works for the largest police department in Arkansas.
Nov 28, 2015 9:44 am
Valentino Keimbar hides from the intense heat in the shade of a breadfruit tree, waiting for his basketball game to begin. It was supposed to start a couple of hours ago, maybe three, but time matters...
Nov 28, 2015 9:20 am
A snarling wildcat head on the front of a hoodie or the interlocking "NLR" letters on a ball cap are putting money in the bank for the North Little Rock School District and, from there, into...
Nov 28, 2015 9:20 am
The day after Veterans Day, several former servicemen walked before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mary McGowan to discuss crimes they'd been accused of committing.
Nov 28, 2015 9:19 am
A new school district of approximately 4,000 students needs an administrative staff, and that staff needs a base of operation from which to work.
Nov 28, 2015 9:19 am
Pulaski County has sent a $595,000 purchase order to a Little Rock-based company for security fencing in eight jail units and a notice of award to a Madison, Ala.-based company for the replacement of ...
Nov 28, 2015 9:18 am
The new president at Southern Arkansas University is a list maker.
Nov 28, 2015 9:17 am
Dear Mahatma: Do the police have the right if they stop you to make you get out of the car? It's my understanding that you must have your driver's license, proof of insurance and title...
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