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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 6, 2016 6:42 pm
Two weeks after announcing the closure of its Little Rock store as part of cost-cutting efforts, Sears said Friday that it will also shutter its Pine Bluff location later this year.
May 6, 2016 2:55 pm
LITTLE ROCK? President Barack Obama has declared a disaster for a dozen Arkansas counties affected by severe weather in early March.
May 6, 2016 2:51 pm
An attorney who brought legal analysis to Little Rock?s NBC and Fox affiliates earlier this year has returned to the stations, this time as a fill-in reporter in the mornings.
May 6, 2016 1:48 pm
A Cessna that crashed during takeoff at the North Little Rock Municipal Airport on Thursday, killing a man, was piloted by an Air National Guardsman seeking the highest-level pilot's license, ...
May 6, 2016 12:54 pm
A jury sentenced a North Little Rock man to 40 years in prison for killing a 27-year-old man outside a housing complex on Christmas Eve 2014.
May 6, 2016 12:07 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? A special meeting has been set for the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees to consider a proposed merger into the University of Arkansas System.
May 6, 2016 11:20 am
Most of Arkansas is under a slight risk for severe weather Monday as a storm kicks off a rainy week, forecasters said.
May 6, 2016 11:04 am
FLIPPIN ? The city of Flippin has hired a new police chief after having to recently pay $20,000 to settle a lawsuit against the now former police chief.
May 6, 2016 10:39 am
R&B singer Erykah Badu will perform June 11 at Verizon Arena, officials said Friday.
May 6, 2016 8:43 am
One person has died and a second was taken to the hospital by helicopter after a train hit a vehicle early Friday at a crossing in Benton, authorities said.
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