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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
Mar 6, 2015 6:45 pm
An 18-wheeler overturned on Interstate 30 westbound at the 136th mile marker just east of 65th Street on Friday afternoon, officials say.
Mar 6, 2015 5:36 pm
LAKE CITY The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $355,786 to the Lake City Housing Authority in northeast Arkansas to replace sewer pipes in two housing developments.
Mar 6, 2015 5:02 pm
Those with unused prescription medications at home will have the chance to dispose of them April 25, the date of the states 10th annual take-back day, local law enforcement agencies said.
Mar 6, 2015 4:33 pm
Holocaust survivor Gideon Frieder will share his survival story Monday on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway, the university said.
Mar 6, 2015 2:55 pm
A truck with Cedar Ridge Trucking LLC spilled a load of lumber on the offramp from Interstate 49 near Martin Luther King Blvd. in Fayetteville around 7 a.m. Friday.
Mar 6, 2015 12:16 pm
After a winter storm dropped ice and snow on much of the state Thursday, higher temperatures Friday and this weekend are expected to thaw accumulations.
Mar 6, 2015 9:48 am
A late-season storm dropped up to 11 inches of snow in northeast Arkansas, and pelted central and southern parts of the state with hours of sleet and snow overnight Wednesday, closing scores of school...
Mar 6, 2015 9:45 am
The Arkansas Senate on Thursday sent the governor a bill to allow the state Board of Education to grant waivers to school districts with fewer than 350 students to avoid consolidation with other distr...
Mar 6, 2015 9:44 am
The State Department agreed Thursday to review thousands of messages from a private email account that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used for government business, but it cautioned ...
Mar 6, 2015 9:42 am
For the third regular legislative session in a row, a bill that would have shifted as much as $2.8 billion over 10 years from general revenue to state highway maintenance is dead.
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