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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. 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 15, 2014 8:22 pm
Pine Bluff Police Department officials said they found a complex growing operation Tuesday after receiving tips from the public and conducting controlled buys at a Pine Bluff residence.
Apr 15, 2014 8:19 pm
A Paragould gynecologist is being sought on video-voyeurism charges over accusations he took nude photos of a patient during an exam without her knowledge, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said Tu...
Apr 15, 2014 7:51 pm
Firefighters responded Tuesday afternoon to a possible fire at Pizza D'Action in Little Rock's Stifft Station neighborhood.
Apr 15, 2014 7:12 pm
Students evacuated from Lincoln Middle and High School after a bomb threat was found Tuesday written on a wall in one of the schools.
Apr 15, 2014 6:08 pm
A legislative committee is to hear a proposal from the director of the Arkansas lottery on the prospect of allowing players to use debit cards to buy tickets.
Apr 15, 2014 6:02 pm
A Thursday meeting will provide discussion for drainage improvements to Pine Manor and Kingsrow drives in the Kingwood neighborhood of Little Rock.
Apr 15, 2014 5:24 pm
Authorities say they are investigating a homicide after a woman found the body of her coworker in a Little Rock house Tuesday.
Apr 15, 2014 5:19 pm
A part-time police officer for the Guy Police Department has been fired after he was arrested Thursday on a charge of sexual solicitation of a child, authorities said.
Apr 15, 2014 5:14 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Mansfield School District in western Arkansas has been awarded a $160,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Education for physical fitness programs.
Apr 15, 2014 4:14 pm
At least two robbery suspects have surrendered after Little Rock police prepared to enter a home near Chicot Elementary on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
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