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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
Oct 25, 2016 6:34 pm
The Little Rock Zoo?s oldest lioness was euthanized over the weekend after the continued deterioration of the animal?s health, officials said Tuesday.
Oct 25, 2016 6:10 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? Republican Sen. John Boozman's campaign is spending nearly half a million dollars on a new television ad portraying himself as someone who puts Arkansas first as he enters the fi...
Oct 25, 2016 6:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? More than 70,000 voters have cast a ballot early for the general election in Arkansas.
Oct 25, 2016 5:04 pm
No injuries were reported after a tractor-trailer carrying 44,000 gallons of ammonium nitrate caught fire Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 67 near Reyno, said a spokesman for the Arkansas Department ...
Oct 25, 2016 4:08 pm
An Arkansas woman was killed when the vehicle she was driving crossed into oncoming traffic earlier this month, state police said in a report released Tuesday.
Oct 25, 2016 3:34 pm
Jonesboro police say an Arkansas woman became pinned underneath her SUV after exiting it in a panic as it began to roll down a hill in neutral.
Oct 25, 2016 2:30 pm
One man was hurt in a home invasion that turned into a shooting Monday night, Fort Smith police said.
Oct 25, 2016 11:31 am
A foam manufacturing company is expanding its Fort Smith facility, adding more than 100 new jobs.
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