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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 26, 2015 9:36 am
Kerry Short didnt want to talk about it.
Apr 26, 2015 9:30 am
WASHINGTON -- If former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee runs for president in 2016, he won't have people combing through his papers from his time leading Arkansas.
Apr 26, 2015 9:15 am
WASHINGTON -- More than 3.13 million people visited national parks in Arkansas in 2014, according to a report from the National Park Service.
Apr 26, 2015 9:08 am
While Republican Mike Huckabees papers are slowly processed in Arkadelphia, the papers of his Democratic successor are undergoing the same process in Jonesboro.
Apr 26, 2015 8:59 am
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Log Cabin Democrat and the Batesville Daily Guard won the sweepstakes awards in their respective divisions in the 2014 Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors con...
Apr 26, 2015 8:42 am
PALS GET CROSSWAYS: Legal thriller novelist David Rosenfelt will speak at noon today at the eighth annual Arkansas Puzzle Day at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.
Apr 26, 2015 8:41 am
LITTLE ROCK -- Little Rock wants feedback on a proposal by the city's bicycle committee to reduce travel lanes on Riverfront Drive to make way for larger bike lanes.
Apr 26, 2015 8:40 am
LITTLE ROCK -- Thousands of people streamed through the Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library in Little Rock on Saturday to attend some of the 78 panels, readings and other activities...
Apr 26, 2015 8:39 am
There are a few things J. Robert Swain hopes he remembers when he spots Bigfoot.
Apr 26, 2015 8:39 am
Recreational vehicle drivers crossing the Interstate 30 bridge often will spot North Little Rock's Downtown Riverside RV Park and pull off to stay the night, only to find there's no ro...
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