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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 8, 2014 6:55 pm
TEXARKANA, Ark. A federal judge has again ordered the sale of a convicted evangelist's church in Fort Smith.
Mar 8, 2014 6:20 pm
FOUKE Authorities have identified a body found in the Sulphur River in southwestern Arkansas as that of a Texas woman who was last seen in December.
Mar 8, 2014 6:16 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Four finalists have been named in the University of Memphis' search for a new president.
Mar 8, 2014 9:05 am
Bills that would boost the states general-revenue budget by $109 million, to $5 billion, sailed through the Legislatures Joint Budget Committee on Friday with nary a question.
Mar 8, 2014 9:02 am
Gov. Mike Beebe signed a law Friday reauthorizing the states use of federal funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans, three days after the measure was sent to his office.
Mar 8, 2014 9:01 am
Former bond broker Steele Stephens testified with obvious reluctance Friday against former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner, admitting that he secretly gave her $36,000 in cash over 2 years and was ...
Mar 8, 2014 8:50 am
A program set to start this summer at Arkansas largest law school aims to offer a few prospective students from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds a second chance for admission to the W.H. Bowen School...
Mar 8, 2014 8:49 am
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said Friday that he was as surprised as anyone to see that he voted against loan guarantees for Ukraine.
Mar 8, 2014 8:47 am
Mexicos former first lady Margarita Zavala Gomez del Campo urged women Friday to keep striving for seats on corporate boards and elected offices, noting the gains other countries have made with women ...
Mar 8, 2014 8:46 am
Dear Mahatma: How come the lights dont go to flashing red at Markham and Victory when conditions are nasty? Coming east downhill on Markham in the snow and ice is, well, yikes! Downtown Commuter
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