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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
Dec 21, 2014 9:10 am
Some fans of Ernest Hemingway said they hope the new policy on Cuba announced Wednesday will mean a chance for more people to visit the Nobel Prize-winning author's most well-known home.
Dec 21, 2014 9:09 am
Sitting in the restraint at the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center, the girl could barely move.
Dec 21, 2014 9:07 am
Nearly two weeks after voters approved a constitutional amendment barring state elected officials from accepting certain gifts from lobbyists, a lobbyist for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville...
Dec 21, 2014 8:29 am
Arkansans are more apt to catch a glimpse of Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Day this year than they are to see any falling snow, weather forecasters said.
Dec 21, 2014 8:29 am
MEATY SUBJECT: The new National Geographic Channel series Eric Greenspan is Hungry focuses its cameras on Arkansas in an episode airing at 6 p.m. Monday. The new show explores authentic American food ...
Dec 21, 2014 8:28 am
A development opportunity is in the works for city-owned property along the Arkansas River in North Little Rock that city officials have envisioned for years as a viable spot for riverfront residences...
Dec 21, 2014 8:27 am
FAYETTEVILLE -- Gov. Mike Beebe encouraged graduates of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to get involved in politics.
Dec 21, 2014 8:26 am
Review of rail yard finds flawed case
Dec 21, 2014 8:24 am
214 state teachers earn certification
Dec 21, 2014 8:23 am
Housing alliance approves budget
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