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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 26, 2014 9:22 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. A county clerk says he's prepared for same-sex marriages to return to the Bible Belt, even if his office is the only one in Arkansas ready or willing to do so.
Nov 26, 2014 8:08 pm
The Little Rock Zoo's jaguar exhibit is open for visitors again about a month-and-a-half after a 3-year-old boy fell into the enclosure.
Nov 26, 2014 7:03 pm
A North Little Rock bridge replacement will require a road closure and detour starting next week, highway officials announced Wednesday.
Nov 26, 2014 5:47 pm
A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed pending mail fraud charges against former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, canceling a trial that had been set for next year and setting the stage for sentencing...
Nov 26, 2014 4:21 pm
A man with a gun attempted to hold up a Little Rock Dollar General, but he ended up fleeing without cash when an employee said she couldn't open the register, police said.
Nov 26, 2014 3:42 pm
WASHINGTON Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery to place a stent in her right coronary artery.
Nov 26, 2014 1:52 pm
LITTLE ROCK Four research projects aimed at reducing and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in Arkansas are being funded by the Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at...
Nov 26, 2014 1:43 pm
LITTLE ROCK More than 60 communities across Arkansas are taking part in the Trail of Holiday Lights in December.
Nov 26, 2014 1:31 pm
MAGNOLIA Making Magnolia Blossom is planning a unique 5K run next month as part of the organization's first fundraising event.
Nov 26, 2014 1:20 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Federal prosecutors say a bookkeeper for an Arkansas hunting club has pleaded guilty to defrauding the club of more than $540,000.
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