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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 21, 2014 10:46 pm
Removal and replacement of a drainage structure along Hinson Road will require a two-week closure in Little Rock next week, officials say.
Oct 21, 2014 8:47 pm
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has announced the launch of a new school safety training initiative for school districts and law enforcement agencies to help teachers and emergency responders better ...
Oct 21, 2014 8:44 pm
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's chapter of Young Life College is partnering with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette to gather supplies for Ebola victims in West Africa.
Oct 21, 2014 5:12 pm
The immediate past president of the National Rifle Association on Tuesday endorsed Asa Hutchinson in his run for governor.
Oct 21, 2014 4:15 pm
The First Security Amphitheater in downtown Little Rock's River Market district will be decorated with lights for the holiday season, organizers said Tuesday.
Oct 21, 2014 3:35 pm
DALLAS Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient.
Oct 21, 2014 3:34 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas attorney general's office says it doesn't object to the state's highest court moving quickly on a lawsuit challenging a gay marriage ban.
Oct 21, 2014 1:41 pm
LESLIE Authorities say a Searcy County deputy who was wounded in a shootout at a bakery in the Ozark Mountains has been released from the hospital.
Oct 21, 2014 1:34 pm
A public meeting is set for Thursday in Little Rock about plans to improve drainage along Clarkson Street, city officials said Monday.
Oct 21, 2014 9:49 am
MAYFLOWER -- A federal agency has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to help Faulkner County expand disaster recovery efforts and water, sewer and road infrastructure projects.
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