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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 31, 2015 7:37 pm
LITTLE ROCK The University of Arkansas for Medical Science's College of Medicine has been reaccredited for a full eight years by a national committee that oversees medical education.
Mar 31, 2015 6:02 pm
Protesters lined the stairs and halls outside the Arkansas House chamber Tuesday afternoon as a final vote on House Bill 1228 drew near.
Mar 31, 2015 6:00 pm
Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed Tuesday a publicity rights bill aimed at preventing unauthorized use of a person's likeness for commercial purposes that was backed by the family of Arkansas footbal...
Mar 31, 2015 5:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK A bill designed to restart executions in the Arkansas by allowing an alternative lethal injection procedure and hiding the source of the drugs was endorsed by a Senate panel.
Mar 31, 2015 3:31 pm
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola has asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto the Religious Freedom Restoration Act if it passes the state House on Tuesday.
Mar 31, 2015 2:14 pm
Parts of Arkansas may see severe storms Tuesday and Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
Mar 31, 2015 1:49 pm
Rock band Whitesnake will perform at Rogers Walmart AMP on Aug. 15, the venue has announced.
Mar 31, 2015 1:49 pm
A 38-year-old Little Rock man found sleeping beside his 3-year-old son just feet from a busy intersection was arrested Monday.
Mar 31, 2015 1:36 pm
LITTLE ROCK The fight over religious objection proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays has shifted toward Arkansas, wh...
Mar 31, 2015 1:14 pm
A Jacksonville man pulled a knife on his brother Monday but ended up cutting his wife instead, authorities said.
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