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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 23, 2016 5:08 am
Officials working for Secretary of State Mark Martin expect turnout for the Nov. 8 general election to be higher than in the past two presidential election years of 2008 and 2012, a spokesman said.
Oct 23, 2016 5:06 am
Fourteen people are running for election Nov. 8 to the School Board for the Pulaski County Special School District -- a district that is exiting five years of state control during which it had no elec...
Oct 23, 2016 5:04 am
A decade or so ago, a 3-year-old boy was run over by a car in Alabama.
Oct 23, 2016 5:02 am
The push for medical marijuana in Arkansas started with Denele Campbell and a woman she watched die of cancer.
Oct 23, 2016 4:41 am
Early voting starts Monday. The following is a list of contested county and municipal races on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. An asterisk (*) denotes incumbents, (D) Democrats, (R) Republicans an...
Oct 23, 2016 4:40 am
Hoping to avoid the spectacle of reality television, Arkansas' prison board adopted a new policy this week restricting publicity access to only credentialed members of the "news media.&qu...
Oct 23, 2016 4:39 am
Lonoke Police Chief Patrick Mulligan is mounting his third campaign for Pulaski County sheriff against 10-year Democratic incumbent Charles "Doc" Holladay, who won roughly 70 percent of the ...
Oct 23, 2016 4:38 am
In his attempt to beat Sen. Jane English of North Little Rock, Democratic candidate Joe Woodson Jr. is panning the Republican incumbent over her support for legislation exempting capital gains in exce...
Oct 23, 2016 4:37 am
A city planning commissioner and a former city alderman running for an open Ward 3 seat make up the only municipal race in North Little Rock in the Nov. 8 general election.
Oct 23, 2016 4:36 am
Incumbent Gene Fortson and challengers Jason Ferguson and Clayton Johnson say voters have a choice of three very different candidates for the only contested at-large seat on the Little Rock Board of D...
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