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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
Sep 1, 2014 7:14 am
Although adults know better than to attribute human feelings to animals, it's hard not to believe that birds are playing when they splash about in a puddle after a summer rain.
Sep 1, 2014 7:13 am
Petit Jean State Park's such a popular destination for hiking and camping it's easy to forget what a puzzling place the mountain can be.
Sep 1, 2014 7:09 am
Road races are a dime a dozen in central Arkansas. Nearly every weekend there's at least one 10K, 5K, 2K or other "K" in which runners can increase their speed and decrease their tim...
Aug 31, 2014 4:46 pm
FORT SMITH, Ark. The city of Fort Smith will soon begin enforcing a ban on signs in public rights of way.
Aug 31, 2014 10:54 am
He was 13 when he entered the state's largest youth lockup.
Aug 31, 2014 10:53 am
Some members of the Arkansas delegation said last week that attaching a bill allowing states to collect sales taxes on online purchases to a more popular measure may be enough to get it approved this ...
Aug 31, 2014 10:40 am
Sesame is gaining a foothold in parts of the southeastern United States, where cotton has long been king, as farmers in Arkansas and elsewhere take advantage of its drought tolerance and a recently de...
Aug 31, 2014 10:24 am
Most members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have willingly had ice water poured over themselves to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease.
Aug 31, 2014 10:12 am
Come daylight Monday, Conway airport will have two airports, but only temporarily.
Aug 31, 2014 10:10 am
State Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, wants the Legislative Council to hire a consultant to review the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's operations and make recommendations to improve a lottery t...
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