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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
Feb 13, 2016 8:17 pm
A 5.1-magnitude earthquake in northwest Oklahoma was reportedly felt across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, Texas and Iowa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Feb 13, 2016 7:50 pm
Jonesboro police are trying to identify the body of a woman found alongside a field road just before 5 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Commerce Drive and Pacific Road, a spokesman for the police ...
Feb 13, 2016 11:58 am
Human remains found in December in Jackson County have been confirmed as those of Malik Drummond, a 2-year-old boy from Searcy who police say was beaten to death by his father.
Feb 13, 2016 11:57 am
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has canceled the award of a $77.5 million contract to replace the Interstate 40 bridge over the White River in Prairie County.
Feb 13, 2016 11:56 am
A former state representative and a lawyer are running for the Democratic nomination in House District 7, which includes parts of Calhoun, Ouachita and Union counties in south Arkansas.
Feb 13, 2016 11:55 am
A state lawmaker wants public universities to pay property taxes when they operate as landlords for commercial ventures.
Feb 13, 2016 11:55 am
A school psychologist who has been a justice of the peace for three years and a Marine Corps reservist will face off in the March 1 Democratic primary election that will decide who represents District...
Feb 13, 2016 8:51 am
Two weeks before Michael Maggio is scheduled for sentencing, the ousted judge asked a federal court Friday to let him withdraw a guilty plea on a bribery charge.
Feb 13, 2016 8:48 am
Attorneys for former Little Rock School Board members and families of black students late Friday asked a federal judge to stop the district from "spending desegregation funds on a new middle scho...
Feb 13, 2016 8:42 am
A former legislator whose 2005 lawsuit resulted in Arkansas Supreme Court-mandated restrictions on how lawmakers can use state funds filed a new case Friday to halt what he calls a legislative "m...
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