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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
Jul 30, 2016 6:35 am
Come Monday, the incoming Arkansas Department of Higher Education director will make the move to Little Rock.
Jul 30, 2016 6:31 am
Twelve Pine Bluff police officers who received medals of valor for the way they handled a 2013 call that led to the fatal shooting of a 107-year-old man have not followed a City Council resolution to ...
Jul 30, 2016 6:14 am
Their respective national conventions now past, Republicans are more united behind their presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and Democrats are "rewriting history" in making a pitch for their...
Jul 30, 2016 6:12 am
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday approved a skeleton of a new method to fund the state's public colleges and universities.
Jul 30, 2016 4:10 am
A $45 million settlement submitted to Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Friday will go to pay smokers who bought Marlboro Lights cigarettes in Arkansas over a 31-year period, while also ending 1...
Jul 30, 2016 3:34 am
The effort to find a new Democratic candidate for state House District 9 continued this week as the district's two southeast Arkansas counties selected delegates for a party convention Thursda...
Jul 30, 2016 3:33 am
Little Rock's intern program, which closed for the summer with professional development sessions Friday at the Chenal Country Club, added two new courses this summer -- college preparation and...
Jul 30, 2016 3:32 am
A Craighead County circuit judge will hold a hearing in Jonesboro to determine if 20 photographs of a 90-year-old woman's fatal injuries will be allowed in the capital murder trial of the man ...
Jul 30, 2016 3:29 am
Dear Mahatma: One of my friends thinks there are a lot of one-vehicle fatal accidents. She thinks there has been a big increase. True? -- Horse Whisperer
Jul 30, 2016 3:28 am
A $1 million grant will fund street repairs on U of A Way, improving access to the University of Arkansas-Texarkana and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Southwest, Texarkana officials ...
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