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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
Dec 7, 2013 5:42 pm
Arkansas will see light, wintry precipitation starting Saturday night and into Sunday morning, the National Weather Service in Little Rock said in a statement.
Dec 7, 2013 5:12 pm
About 4,000 Entergy customers are without power on Saturday morning, according to the company's online outage map.
Dec 7, 2013 11:00 am
The scramble for bread and milk can be a winter standard in Northwest Arkansas.
Dec 7, 2013 9:41 am
A winter storm continued its blast through the state Friday, dumping up to a foot of snow in Northwest Arkansas and glazing power lines with three-quarters to an inch of ice and knocking electricity o...
Dec 7, 2013 9:35 am
Exxon Mobil on Friday formally challenged federal allegations that it had violated nine safety regulations before its Pegasus pipeline ruptured last spring, spilling an estimated 210,000 gallons of he...
Dec 7, 2013 9:33 am
Santas public appearance schedule, Christmas concerts and portable toilets are only a few of the hundreds of casualties claimed by the winter storm that swept through the state Friday.
Dec 7, 2013 9:32 am
The number of people seeking shelter increased by nearly two-thirds at the Little Rock Compassion Center on Friday, as people from all over central Arkansas tried to escape snow, sleet, ice and freezi...
Dec 7, 2013 9:30 am
Central Arkansas struggled through a day-long onslaught of wintry weather Friday that shut down local governments and made travel treacherous, but the region avoided major traffic disruptions and powe...
Dec 7, 2013 9:29 am
Full-time employees of the North Little Rock School District will receive an extra bonus check this year, but it wont be distributed in time for the Christmas holiday.
Dec 7, 2013 9:27 am
Defense attorney Bill James challenge to a $25,000 contempt-of-court fine has the potential to allow the introduction of previously restricted evidence into the third manslaughter trial of fired Littl...
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