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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 4, 2013 4:46 pm
The Cabot man whose online push to create a Taco Bell shell out of Doritos preceded the chain's launch of the hugely successful product has died.
Dec 4, 2013 3:59 pm
The owner of a Little Rock-based bottled water company is facing federal charges including wire fraud and money laundering, authorities said Tuesday.
Dec 4, 2013 3:41 pm
LITTLE ROCK Several Arkansas residents are being honored for their work to preserve cemetery markers.
Dec 4, 2013 3:39 pm
LITTLE ROCK Gov. Mike Beebe is among the featured speakers at this year's Arkansas Farm Bureau convention.
Dec 4, 2013 3:05 pm
Crews are on the scene of a fire at a Little Rock apartment complex Wednesday morning.
Dec 4, 2013 2:29 pm
Crews are back on the scene Wednesday morning of a pallet-manufacturing warehouse in Little Rock where a fire broke out Tuesday night.
Dec 4, 2013 12:40 pm
Parts of northern Arkansas are set to go under a winter storm warning as an approaching system brings the possibility of accumulating freezing rain, sleet and snow.
Dec 4, 2013 10:51 am
The attorney for the Pulaski County Special School District says he is certain it will take judicial intervention to settle an agreement that is key to the final approval of the proposed settlement to...
Dec 4, 2013 10:48 am
State general revenue in November inched up by $2.6 million over a year ago to $430.02 million, but fell short of the official forecast by $8.4 million.
Dec 4, 2013 10:42 am
This week, the old adage is appropriate: Wait five minutes, and Arkansas weather will change.
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