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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 24, 2016 3:33 pm
Searchers found a body in the Arkansas River on Sunday morning, the day after a swimmer went missing in the same area.
Jul 24, 2016 5:34 am
An eastern Arkansas candidate for the state Senate -- Rep. David Wallace -- has the largest campaign war chest among all legislative candidates, and he achieved this by lending his campaign more than ...
Jul 24, 2016 5:34 am
Lindsey Cornelius broke the news of her pregnancy to her new husband in the back seat of a police car.
Jul 24, 2016 5:13 am
State Sen. John Cooper, R-Jonesboro, has the largest campaign war chest among unopposed legislative candidates, according to the latest campaign-finance reports.
Jul 24, 2016 5:02 am
Fayetteville Alderman Matthew Petty gave a blunt assessment of one of the city's busiest street sections: College Avenue through downtown needs to be better for everyone who isn't in a...
Jul 24, 2016 4:58 am
Friends gathered near the bank of the Arkansas River on Saturday afternoon after a 19-year-old man disappeared while swimming.
Jul 24, 2016 4:56 am
FAYETTEVILLE -- The new superintendent of the Fayetteville School District wants to develop a stronger partnership with the University of Arkansas.
Jul 24, 2016 4:54 am
There's more to a small, white house that sits on First Christian Church property in Sherwood than just its former use for youth meetings and storage by the church, First Christian member Kim ...
Jul 24, 2016 4:52 am
Construction on Interstate 49 in Johnson will require another series of overnight lane closures for five days beginning today, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.
Jul 24, 2016 4:50 am
Work on a section of Arkansas 201 in Baxter County will require a series of alternating lane closures on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.
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