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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
Jan 25, 2015 4:54 pm
One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting Saturday night, police say.
Jan 25, 2015 10:18 am
A lawmaker who runs one of the largest children's behavioral health service providers in Arkansas is trying to eliminate one of the state's tools for measuring the effectiveness of tre...
Jan 25, 2015 10:16 am
PINE BLUFF -- The director of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's Aquaculture and Fisheries Center is questioning the program's future after nearly two years of disagreements wi...
Jan 25, 2015 9:43 am
Officials at the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs are rethinking whether to seek legislation to change the agency's name this session, a plan that was introduced by the former director ...
Jan 25, 2015 9:43 am
Little Rock's Therapeutic Recreation program for youths and adults with special needs is unique in Arkansas for how it works to integrate people with disabilities into the community, according...
Jan 25, 2015 9:42 am
More than 15,000 people found their way to the North Little Rock Visitors Information Center in Burns Park in 2014, even though the stretch of street it's on isn't shown on city maps o...
Jan 25, 2015 9:41 am
Fifteen applicants are vying to be the next director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
Jan 25, 2015 9:40 am
Registration for the 2015-16 school year begins Monday in the Little Rock, Pulaski County Special and North Little Rock school districts for students who will be new to the districts or who are seekin...
Jan 25, 2015 9:39 am
Work will require lane closures at the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange for five days beginning Monday in Little Rock, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.
Jan 25, 2015 9:39 am
Forum to focus on LR district, woes
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