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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
Nov 22, 2014 9:02 am
Officials in the secretary of state's office want to meet privately with state lawmakers to talk about tightening security at the Capitol and the changes could inconvenience some people and be...
Nov 22, 2014 9:01 am
The William F. Laman Public Library System in North Little Rock will undergo major reductions in staff, operating hours and gallery exhibits at its main library and the downtown Argenta Branch because...
Nov 22, 2014 8:59 am
The FBI has seized the office computer used by ousted Circuit Judge Michael Maggio when he was presiding over a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died at a nursing home owned by Michael Morto...
Nov 22, 2014 8:54 am
Hillary Rodham Clinton's strongest supporters held a strategy session Friday to prepare for a presidential bid in 2016, even though she has yet to say whether she will run.
Nov 22, 2014 8:30 am
The special primary election for the seat formerly held by Sen. Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, will be Jan. 13, Gov. Mike Beebe decided Friday.
Nov 22, 2014 8:30 am
POYEN -- Ouida Newton said Friday that she knew something was amiss earlier this week when her husband, Poyen Superintendent Jerry Newton, began receiving calls on his cellphone that required him to g...
Nov 22, 2014 8:28 am
A disciplinary panel has formally censured a Fayetteville judge for his campaign tactics.
Nov 22, 2014 8:28 am
Dear Mahatma: There is a sign at the intersection of Mara Lynn and Shackleford roads that says eastbound traffic cannot turn right on red between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. When I obey, drivers behind me becom...
Nov 22, 2014 8:27 am
Ride-sharing app company Uber will continue to offer free rides until the next Little Rock Board of Directors meeting, a company spokesman said.
Nov 22, 2014 8:26 am
A federal judge Friday ruled in favor of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, allowing the agency to cut off Medicaid payments to two companies suspended from the program because their owner has...
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