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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
May 24, 2016 6:58 pm
A search is underway for a missing teen who was swept away by floodwaters in Jonesboro on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
May 24, 2016 6:14 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? Four of the five insurers offering policies on Arkansas' insurance marketplace next year under the federal health law have proposed rate increases of at least 10 percent.
May 24, 2016 4:13 pm
Two pedestrians were injured Tuesday after being hit by a pickup in Craighead Forest Park, a spokesman for the Jonesboro Police Department said.
May 24, 2016 3:42 pm
A swim beach in north Arkansas will remain closed indefinitely because of E. coli concerns, the U.S. Corps of Engineers? Mountain Home office said Tuesday.
May 24, 2016 1:12 pm
An altercation in a parking lot over a Confederate flag sticker reportedly led to a Hot Springs woman being punched, according to the Hot Springs <em>Sentinel-Record</em>.
May 24, 2016 1:05 pm
A Pulaski County judge levied a $50,000 fine Tuesday against a Jacksonville funeral home charged with abusing corpses after hearing from the business's majority owners, who insisted the case h...
May 24, 2016 1:02 pm
The woman whose video of herself belly-laughing in a Chewbacca mask drew millions of views online was once a student at Ouachita Baptist University, a spokesman for the university said Tuesday.
May 24, 2016 12:43 pm
A Hot Springs man led police on a short chase after allegedly assaulting a woman and firing a gun in a neighbor's yard Saturday, authorities said.
May 24, 2016 12:20 pm
Firefighters monitoring the scene of an explosion at a Calhoun County plant that manufactures military flares were released from their duties Tuesday morning, the fire chief said.
May 24, 2016 11:37 am
BENTONVILLE ? The former city attorney for Rogers was fined and reprimanded Friday for his actions by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct.
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