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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
Jul 1, 2016 4:17 pm
A Springdale man broke into several houses and assaulted a woman in one and a 12-year-old girl in the other, according to a preliminary arrest report released Friday by the Springdale Police Departmen...
Jul 1, 2016 3:02 pm
A black bear wandered through several Siloam Springs neighborhoods on Friday morning before it was captured by Arkansas Game and Fish officers.
Jul 1, 2016 1:10 pm
A three-vehicle accident left a teenager dead and another person injured Thursday night, according to Arkansas State Police.
Jul 1, 2016 12:47 pm
Home furnishings retailer WestPoint Home is set to open its first Arkansas location in the state?s capital city, according to Outlets of Little Rock.
Jul 1, 2016 12:41 pm
The Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police says officers originally scheduled to be off during the Fourth of July weekend will remain off after an agreement was reached Friday over "last-minute re...
Jul 1, 2016 12:11 pm
In the best-case scenario, a high pressure system moving to the south will cool temperatures across Arkansas into the 80s as Independence Day arrives while a front from the Midwest misses the state.
Jul 1, 2016 11:53 am
Two Springdale men were arrested Wednesday after a man told police they followed him on the Lake Fayetteville trail near Veterans Memorial Park before grabbing him, taking his wallet and phone and thr...
Jul 1, 2016 9:54 am
TEXARKANA ? The Miller County Election Commission will recount votes cast in Tuesday's special election that repealed Texarkana's nondiscrimination ordinance, but officials do not expe...
Jul 1, 2016 9:38 am
City officials in Hot Springs are alerting residents that a rabid skunk was found recently several miles outside the city.
Jul 1, 2016 9:10 am
OMAHA, Neb. ? Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly but still suggest economic growth ahead.
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