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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
Sep 22, 2014 7:36 am
SILOAM SPRINGS -- Ask white-water boaters to describe their "dream wave," and responses will differ, because one paddler's excitement is another paddler's terror. But the ros...
Sep 22, 2014 7:24 am
Large numbers of creatures that head south for winter are flying or floating high in the air, which makes Mount Magazine State Park -- location of the state's highest elevation -- a good place...
Sep 21, 2014 8:44 am
WASHINGTON -- Earlier this month, members of Arkansas' U.S. House delegation met to discuss whether the United States should train and equip Syrians fighting against the Islamic State.
Sep 21, 2014 8:40 am
NEWPORT -- For years, Newport -- along with most other small Arkansas towns -- has seen youngsters leave the area to attend college in bigger towns and then never return.
Sep 21, 2014 7:44 am
Sep 21, 2014 7:33 am
U.S. Marshals Service officials were still searching Saturday evening for a man who shot at six service officers Friday night in Faulkner County while they were looking for a convicted sex offender wh...
Sep 21, 2014 7:32 am
Gov. Mike Beebe announced Saturday that he plans to donate his gubernatorial papers to Arkansas State University, where they will be archived and held in the vacant historic V.C. Kays House on the Jon...
Sep 21, 2014 7:31 am
PAINTING THE TOWN BLUE: Cabot native Dan Waymack, who splits his time between Little Rock and Chicago with his Little Rock-based film production company, Waymack & Crew, recently filmed an ent...
Sep 21, 2014 7:31 am
Opponents of Fayetteville's anti-discrimination ordinance turned in petitions Saturday in an attempt to place the new law on ballots so voters could repeal it.
Sep 21, 2014 7:30 am
CONWAY -- Conway Democrat Tyler Pearson says he's got a shot at ousting state Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, in Senate District 35 because Rapert campaigned on a moderate platform two years ago...
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