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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 3, 2016 5:47 pm
An accident involving an 18-wheeler has shut down part of Interstate 40 on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
May 3, 2016 5:03 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? The chairmen of Arkansas' largest political parties managed to agree on how legislators put together a Medicaid expansion plan that uses federal dollars to buy health care insura...
May 3, 2016 4:49 pm
An Iowa man is accused of holding a woman captive on two occasions late last month ? at one point tying her to a cinder block and throwing her into a river in Arkansas.
May 3, 2016 4:40 pm
A former Arkansas Game and Fish Commission broadcaster will join Cumulus Media in Little Rock to continue hosting his radio show dedicated to outdoor activities in Arkansas, a spokesman for the compan...
May 3, 2016 2:38 pm
Legal Aid of Arkansas has filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas Department of Human Services, accusing the government agency of ?unjustifiably and arbitrarily? cutting Medicaid services to two Arkansan...
May 3, 2016 2:30 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? Arkansas finance officials say strong individual income tax collections and lower than expected tax refunds kept the state's revenue in April above both the forecast and the same...
May 3, 2016 2:21 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? A legislative committee has endorsed an effort to impose new limits on how welfare benefits are spent in Arkansas, despite criticism from Democrats and advocates who call the new restric...
May 3, 2016 1:06 pm
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma and Washington Regional Medical Center personnel gathered Tuesday to announce the creation of a Ronald McDonald House at the hospital in Fayetteville.
May 3, 2016 1:03 pm
Guinness World Records on Tuesday recognized Ron Sherman Advertising for 3,503 commercials ? a feat the organization says is an all-time record for most commercials produced in history.
May 3, 2016 12:54 pm
An Arkansas woman has won $100,000 on a lottery ticket.
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