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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
Jul 28, 2014 7:20 pm
The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-equality organization, on Monday announced results from a recent survey evaluating challenges faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in...
Jul 28, 2014 6:56 pm
Henson Place in Bryant will be closed starting Wednesday for the installation of culverts, the city of Bryant said in a statement Monday.
Jul 28, 2014 6:28 pm
Tim Vahsholtz doesnt see any resemblance between himself and escaped convict Timothy Buffington, other than the fact that they are both follically challenged; however, this didnt stop someone from cal...
Jul 28, 2014 4:30 pm
A 23-year-old North Little Rock man was shot at and then chased after he collided with a Mercedes in a Little Rock park Sunday night, authorities said.
Jul 28, 2014 3:39 pm
A 46-year-old North Little Rock man was arrested Sunday after he lead authorities on a vehicle chase that ended when he crashed through a fence and into a home's backyard, authorities said.
Jul 28, 2014 3:31 pm
BALD KNOB An Arkansas city's failure to advertise an ordinance twice in a newspaper has given another opportunity for residents to run for office as independent candidates.
Jul 28, 2014 3:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to defend in court a $5 million tax break the Legislature gave the natural gas industry after the state's top finance official said the exem...
Jul 28, 2014 1:07 pm
Eastbound Interstate 40 was shut down Monday morning at mile marker 131 so a medical helicopter could land at the scene of a wreck, authorities said.
Jul 28, 2014 9:34 am
Arkansas public schools are moving forward with new statewide teacher and administrator evaluation systems in the coming 2014-15 school year, after piloting the systems this past year with at least on...
Jul 28, 2014 9:32 am
As many as half of the 24,000 vehicles now using the Broadway Bridge daily are projected to use the nearby Main Street Bridge as an alternative when the Arkansas River crossing is closed for up to two...
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