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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
Jul 5, 2015 7:00 pm
TULSA, Okla. Weather forecasters are predicting more heavy rainfall in rain-saturated areas of northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas.
Jul 5, 2015 4:26 pm
TULSA, Okla. Heavy rainfall in northeastern Oklahoma has impacted waterway shipping along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
Jul 5, 2015 10:07 am
The Arkansas River isn't the Mighty Mississippi, but it has proved to be a formidable force in the early going of the $98 million project to replace the Broadway Bridge linking Little Rock and...
Jul 5, 2015 10:06 am
Thomasine Williams keeps a beach towel tucked underneath her mattress.
Jul 5, 2015 10:00 am
Joyce Vaught's first day as a teacher started in a two-room schoolhouse that has long since vanished.
Jul 5, 2015 9:58 am
Early voting will begin Tuesday to decide whether to lower and extend the Little Rock library tax.
Jul 5, 2015 9:56 am
For the 25th year, Little Rock's Statehouse Convention Center will host the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) World Championship, held Monday through Sunday.
Jul 5, 2015 9:54 am
An investigator with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a research coordinator from the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System are working to make it easier for veterans and serv...
Jul 5, 2015 9:52 am
New fitness equipment at Sherwood's Bill Harmon Recreation Center is targeted toward all ages, sexes and abilities to allow strength and cardio workouts that focus on specific muscle groups or...
Jul 5, 2015 9:51 am
Glen Campbell's golden years have been dimmed by his struggle with Alzheimer's disease, diagnosed in 2011. But the Country Music Hall of Fame member and native Arkansan sought to bow o...
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