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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
Apr 18, 2014 6:57 pm
PARAGOULD A north Arkansas doctor accused of snapping photographs of a woman during a gynecological exam has been released from jail.
Apr 18, 2014 6:52 pm
Work on Arkansas 1 will require a lane closure in Desha County a few days next week, state highway officials said Friday.
Apr 18, 2014 6:48 pm
Work on Interstate 530 in Pine Bluff will require a lane closure starting Monday, state highway officials said Friday.
Apr 18, 2014 6:42 pm
State highway officials plan to hold a public meeting next week about plans to widen U.S. 167 in Calhoun County.
Apr 18, 2014 12:22 pm
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says reconstruction work on the shoulders of Interstate 30 will mean lane closures on the interstate in Hempstead County in southwest Arkansas.
Apr 18, 2014 12:22 pm
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Apr 18, 2014 12:19 pm
HOT SPRINGS A shoe company says more than half its work force at a Hot Springs manufacturing facility will be laid off, leaving 56 people out of work.
Apr 18, 2014 12:15 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a ballot proposal that would make alcohol sales legal in all 75 of the state's counties.
Apr 18, 2014 12:11 pm
ST. CHARLES A national wildlife refuge in southeast Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.
Apr 18, 2014 11:30 am
A driver was killed and two passengers hurt early Friday when a sport utility vehicle overturned on Interstate 40 in Crittenden County.
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