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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 29, 2017 7:44 am
Authorities are investigating an overnight homicide in Little Rock, officials said Wednesday morning.
Mar 29, 2017 5:30 am
Another round of storms forecast for the state this afternoon through Thursday has the potential for damaging winds, severe thunderstorms and hail, meteorologists at the National Weather Service in No...
Mar 29, 2017 5:30 am
Former state Sen. Jon Woods along with two other men pleaded innocent Tuesday to being co-conspirators in a kickback scheme involving state grants.
Mar 29, 2017 5:21 am
The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday released a statement saying a recently passed state law to allow guns in many public facilities, including those hosting college athletic events, "could neg...
Mar 29, 2017 5:20 am
Thanks to a rarely used procedure, a proposed constitutional amendment to limit future constitutional changes advanced to the Senate on Tuesday even though it received little support earlier in the da...
Mar 29, 2017 5:01 am
A Greenbrier, Ark., man urged U.S. lawmakers Tuesday to support legislation that would give small public utilities greater access to federally funded wastewater experts.
Mar 29, 2017 4:46 am
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he expects "a dip" in the state's general tax collections for this month, which will be reported next week.
Mar 29, 2017 4:44 am
A bill intended to shield attorney-client communications in government agencies from the state's open-records law failed to pass in the Senate on Tuesday.
Mar 29, 2017 4:42 am
The state Senate on Tuesday approved spending authority for the Department of Human Services' Medical Services Division.
Mar 29, 2017 4:41 am
Foreign-laws ban heading to House
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