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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 25, 2013 5:53 pm
FORT SMITH Drought that began in 2011 is damaging and killing oak trees in western Arkansas and a state extension agent says the effects will likely continue.
May 25, 2013 5:38 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River in Arkansas.
May 25, 2013 3:02 pm
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded six earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 2.0 and 2.4 about 10 miles north of Morrilton between midnight and 6 a.m. Saturday.
May 25, 2013 10:12 am
Several state treasurers office employees teared up this week when Gov. Mike Beebe stopped by and offered them his support after their bosss arrest and subsequent resignation.
May 25, 2013 10:09 am
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, launched a television ad Friday alluding to the death of former Arkansas Democratic Chairman Bill Gwatney and criticizing ...
May 25, 2013 10:07 am
Dear Mahatma: Were buying a 1965 Chevelle Super Sport that was manufactured in December 1964. It has no seat belts. How does the seat-belt law apply to this car? Were paying a lot of money for this cl...
May 25, 2013 10:03 am
An ordinance before the Little Rock Board of Directors on Tuesday proposes to increase the mayors salary by almost $20,000, matching the city managers salary.
May 25, 2013 10:02 am
Carol Gilleys two sons love the Cub Scouts.
May 25, 2013 10:01 am
While under court-ordered home detention on federal fraud charges, former Fayetteville developer Brandon Barber spent money at restaurants, a wine bar and stores, according to a filing Thursday in U.S...
May 25, 2013 9:58 am
Riverfest didnt open its gates to the public until 6 p.m. Friday, but a handful of vendors, dozens of security officers and hundreds of volunteers showed up early in the morning to prepare for the thr...