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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
Mar 3, 2015 6:32 pm
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives searched the home of Searcy Police Chief Jeremy Clark on Tuesday, authorities said.
Mar 3, 2015 4:30 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas finance officials say a boost in sales tax collections and lower than expected tax refunds helped keep the state's revenue ahead of forecast last month.
Mar 3, 2015 3:57 pm
A judge on Tuesday ordered boxer Jermain Taylor moved from a private lockdown hospital where he had been held to a rehabilitation center where he will be required to wear an ankle monitor.
Mar 3, 2015 2:51 pm
A homeless man is accused of diving for a $20 bill that another man dropped and then fighting the man before escaping with the money, police said.
Mar 3, 2015 2:28 pm
Pop singer and original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is scheduled to perform in North Little Rock in September, Verizon Arena said Tuesday.
Mar 3, 2015 1:32 pm
TEXARKANA Members of the Texarkana City Board have approved a $1,200 limit on annual travel expenses for themselves after one member wanted to set the amount at $5,200.
Mar 3, 2015 1:19 pm
Lane closures are planned in the coming days on Interstate 630 in Little Rock and the Interstate 40/Interstate 430 interchange in North Little Rock, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department ...
Mar 3, 2015 1:12 pm
LITTLE ROCK Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants residents to submit photos they think best represent Arkansas to feature on the March 27 launch of his new website.
Mar 3, 2015 1:11 pm
LITTLE ROCK A national group is touting Arkansas businesses that it says are promoting diversity for gays as it fights "conscience protection" legislation that critics say would justify dis...
Mar 3, 2015 12:43 pm
Much of Arkansas was set to go under winter storm warnings Wednesday for a system that's expected to drop "significant accumulations" of sleet and snow over a large swath of the stat...
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