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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 27, 2016 4:14 pm
Always enticed by a challenge, YouTuber Dan Ndombe said his latest video, which utilizes pumpkins as musical instruments, is yet another way to show that creativity has no limits.
Oct 27, 2016 3:20 pm
LITTLE ROCK? Arkansas is appealing a judge's order preventing the state from blocking Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.
Oct 27, 2016 3:15 pm
Northeast Arkansas businessman Ted Suhl has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his involvement in a bribery scheme that benefited his two mental-health service providers.
Oct 27, 2016 2:02 pm
Musician Don Henley, known widely as a founding member of the Eagles, will perform at Little Rock?s Robinson Center in January, Live Nation said Thursday.
Oct 27, 2016 1:36 pm
A fired employee of Little Scholars Learning Center was arrested after police say she entered her former workplace in Little Rock while no officer workers were inside and took $260 in cash.
Oct 27, 2016 12:56 pm
Two robbers stole a car from a woman who got lost on a Little Rock street on Wednesday evening, according to police.
Oct 27, 2016 9:16 am
A homeless man was arrested early Thursday morning after police say he took a cash register from a gas station and told the officer he did it to feed himself, according to the North Little Rock Police...
Oct 27, 2016 6:45 am
The next time a winter storm hits Arkansas, the National Weather Service wants to make sure that the people who notify others about how bad it is are all on the same page.
Oct 27, 2016 6:45 am
When the Dallas Cowboys play host Sunday night to the Philadelphia Eagles, on hand will be North Little Rock police officers and their families as guests of Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jon...
Oct 27, 2016 6:45 am
Former U.S. Sen. David Pryor, who suffered a stroke Oct. 10, has been moved to a rehabilitation facility and is making steady progress, family members say.
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