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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
Nov 23, 2014 9:16 am
One way to lighten the mood at a couple of hundred Arkansas public schools is to send word that thousands of dollars in state reward money is headed to their campuses to be spent in ways determined by...
Nov 23, 2014 8:58 am
The University of Virginia's Miller Center released 47 interviews from the Clinton Presidential History Project at the conclusion of a symposium marking the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Pre...
Nov 23, 2014 8:55 am
Hundreds of volunteers had a hand in making a permanent home for the Eiffel Tower replica that is to be dedicated today in the Logan County town of Paris.
Nov 23, 2014 8:53 am
The Downtown Little Rock Partnership wants the city to establish a district that would retain the flair of the area as more businesses arrive.
Nov 23, 2014 8:52 am
It's not over yet for W.P. Sooie, owner Jyll Latham says.
Nov 23, 2014 8:50 am
As a musician-in-training, Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis was urged to maintain her focus while attending the Peabody Conservatory, a division of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Nov 23, 2014 8:49 am
The Sherwood City Council will consider Monday whether to raise the city's sewer rate by $1.60 per month on the average residential bill, to take effect Jan. 1.
Nov 23, 2014 8:48 am
TRADING SPACES? When the Clintons (Bill, Hillary and Chelsea) recently came to Little Rock for the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center -- the events like those a decade ...
Nov 23, 2014 8:46 am
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is researching 50-year-old land records to determine whether a city-owned Fort Smith event center is encroaching on the Corps' easement along the Arkansas Rive...
Nov 23, 2014 8:44 am
Recycling slogan chosen in contest Keep Arkansas Natural: Recycle is the Arkansas Department of Environmental Qualitys new recycling slogan, unveiled this month.
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