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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
Oct 30, 2014 2:09 am
Arkansas State Police and Little Rock police are investigating a shooting Wednesday night on Interstate 630 near the Chester Street exit.
Oct 29, 2014 4:47 pm
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has scheduled five statewide grant application workshops in November for those interested in applying for aid, the commission announced Wednesday.
Oct 29, 2014 4:21 pm
The body of a man found in a burning home Tuesday morning in Hope has been identified and police say they are investigating the case as a homicide.
Oct 29, 2014 4:02 pm
LITTLE ROCK The candidates running to be Arkansas' next governor both boast a longtime history in the state's political scene that they say has best prepared them for the state...
Oct 29, 2014 3:32 pm
Arkansans should be wary of organizations claiming to offer a cure for Ebola or soliciting donations for aid, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday.
Oct 29, 2014 12:52 pm
Country music singer Garth Brooks has scheduled two December shows in North Little Rock, his first in the city in more than 23 years, Verizon Arena announced Wednesday morning.
Oct 29, 2014 12:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says vegetation control will require the closing of one lane of Interstate 40 in each direction in Lonoke County.
Oct 29, 2014 12:24 pm
JONESBORO Jonesboro police say an officer has been injured after being struck by a car while directing traffic.
Oct 29, 2014 12:11 pm
Scott Hamilton Drive is blocked in both directions north of Baseline Road while crews work to extinguish a house fire Wednesday morning.
Oct 29, 2014 10:04 am
A U.S. District Court judge Tuesday sentenced former Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber to five years, five months in prison for his role in lying to banks and the federal bankruptcy court to...
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