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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
Oct 31, 2014 4:06 pm
The Museum of Discovery director of visitor experience who earlier this year appeared on <em>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</em> will make another appearance on the program next we...
Oct 31, 2014 3:56 pm
Authorities are searching for a 25-year-old man suspected in the killing of Hope man whose body was found after a fire at his house was extinguished.
Oct 31, 2014 3:44 pm
JONESBORO New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie touted the Republican Party's nominees for governor and the U.S. Senate in Arkansas on Friday, as the GOP tries to build on its recent gains in a stat...
Oct 31, 2014 12:47 pm
FAYETTEVILLE A new economic analysis has found that the Arkansas Research and Technology Park has had an economic impact of more than $522 million since construction began in 2003.
Oct 31, 2014 12:46 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says Monday is the deadline to register for its 2014 Watershed Conference and pre-conference workshops.
Oct 31, 2014 11:56 am
Traffic restrictions are planned in the coming days on Interstates 30, 430 and 440 in different parts of the state, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Friday.
Oct 31, 2014 8:02 am
A Little Rock judge issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Rodney Forte, executive director of the Metropolitan Housing Alliance, over accusations he has failed to produce documents requested by the Ar...
Oct 31, 2014 7:59 am
Supporters of the ballot measure to raise Arkansas' minimum wage have raised close to $1.7 million in the past month to promote the initiative, despite having no organized opposition.
Oct 31, 2014 7:26 am
Sunlight shone through a burst of blues, greens, purples and yellows in the newly restored stained glass dome in the House chamber on Thursday, as final touches were made to the room before it was off...
Oct 31, 2014 7:25 am
Sedrick Reed, the former Arkansas State Police lieutenant who in July admitted to stealing seized drugs from the agency's property room to sell on the streets, was sentenced Thursday to more t...
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