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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
Aug 28, 2014 5:02 pm
WALNUT RIDGE A judge has appointed a special prosecutor in the case of a man convicted in a 2001 slaying at a Crawford County transient camp.
Aug 28, 2014 3:17 pm
New Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner will be officially presented with his Certified Law Enforcement Office certificate from the State of Arkansas Thursday at his investiture ceremony.
Aug 28, 2014 2:30 pm
ARKADELPHIA A rally is planned for this weekend in support of reopening the Albert Pike campground for overnight use.
Aug 28, 2014 12:16 pm
No children were hurt when a North Little Rock school bus and a van collided Thursday morning.
Aug 28, 2014 12:06 pm
NORTH LITTLE ROCK State regulators will meet with Arkansas utilities and others affected by pending changes to air quality standards that call for a 45 percent cut in carbon emissions in the state.
Aug 28, 2014 12:06 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has received a $100,000 grant for water quality management planning.
Aug 28, 2014 12:05 pm
GREENWOOD An Arkansas man has been sentenced to six years in prison for animal abuse after authorities found emaciated dogs at his former home.
Aug 28, 2014 12:03 pm
TEXARKANA An Arkansas man has been charged with aggravated assault after he rammed a state patrol car during a chase through three counties, police said.
Aug 28, 2014 9:48 am
Harrison Mayor Jeff Crockett and as many as five other city leaders plan to meet in North Little Rock today with a delegation from Ghana that has been visiting potential sister city Jacksonville this ...
Aug 28, 2014 9:04 am
Former Olympic medalist and middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor was released on bond from the Pulaski County jail late Wednesday morning, just a few hours after his initial plea in a Tuesday n...
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