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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
Nov 24, 2015 11:07 pm
Two teens committed to a northeast Arkansas juvenile treatment center on felony charges ran away from the center Tuesday morning as they were heading to class, according to the state's Departm...
Nov 24, 2015 9:47 pm
A Searcy woman won $200,000 in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's second-chance drawing from a $10 ticket, lottery officials said Tuesday.
Nov 24, 2015 8:28 pm
A 12-year-old pedestrian was killed after being struck by two westbound cars on a road in Jonesboro on Monday night, police said.
Nov 24, 2015 5:44 pm
Members of Arkansas' Health Reform Legislative Task Force were asked to begin the final scrutiny process Tuesday for a series of independent recommendations on reforming the state's Me...
Nov 24, 2015 4:54 pm
A mainstay at KATV Channel 7 in Little Rock for more than 15 years will depart from the company early next year, the ABC affiliate said Tuesday.
Nov 24, 2015 4:19 pm
Journey and The Doobie Brothers will play Verizon Arena in North Little Rock on Aug. 17 as part of their San Francisco Fest 2016 tour, according to a news release from the venue.
Nov 24, 2015 2:51 pm
TULSA, Okla. A federal jury has convicted an Oklahoma man for defrauding the charitable foundation run by former Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles.
Nov 24, 2015 1:52 pm
A woman made off with around $1,450 in fundraiser money intended for a youth football team after she discovered the cash accidentally left in a Walmart shopping cart in Pine Bluff, police said Tuesday...
Nov 24, 2015 1:12 pm
Three people were injured, two of the seriously, in a shooting in Pine Bluff Monday night, police said.
Nov 24, 2015 11:45 am
More than a third of the state's male prison inmates said their religious beliefs mandate beards, swamping the prison administration and its chaplains with thousands of accommodation requests,...
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