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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
Apr 24, 2014 6:29 pm
The Arkansas Pardon and Parole Board has denied a commutation request from a man convicted of killing a Pocahontas police officer.
Apr 24, 2014 5:31 pm
LITTLE ROCK U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says Polk County will receive $1.1 million in disaster-relief funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Apr 24, 2014 4:41 pm
Central Arkansas Library System on Thursday announced the cast members and others involved in the production of the film <em>Devil's Knot</em> who will be on hand for its U.S. thea...
Apr 24, 2014 4:18 pm
A 16-foot tall sculpture of a man doing a one-armed handstand was carefully lowered into place Thursday in Little Rock's Riverfront Park.
Apr 24, 2014 3:43 pm
A 22-year-old Little Rock man was shot at least once in an altercation at a truck stop, authorities said.
Apr 24, 2014 3:33 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas Supreme Court says it will not reconsider its decision to reject a $1.2 billion judgment against a pharmaceutical company accused of improperly marketing an antipsychotic dru...
Apr 24, 2014 2:11 pm
SMACKOVER The Arkansas Board of Education is to consider the proposed consolidation of the Norphlet and Smackover school districts at its hearing next month in Little Rock.
Apr 24, 2014 2:07 pm
Severe storms are possible in Arkansas today and again late this weekend, the National Weather Service said.
Apr 24, 2014 1:46 pm
A 19-year-old Little Rock man tried to leave a local Wal-Mart with a stolen BB gun, but ended up striking a security officer with the weapon and then throwing it at him, authorities said.
Apr 24, 2014 1:33 pm
A refusal to provide a ride to another location was the motive for a Little Rock woman to push a driver out of a vehicle and then take off in it, dragging the victim behind, authorities said.
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