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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 6, 2013 6:28 pm
The Little Rock Fire Department is working to stop a fire that started in a Little Rock home Friday, Capt. Jason Weaver said.
Dec 6, 2013 5:18 pm
In the spirit of the holiday season, the Central Arkansas Library System is continuing its annual Food For Fines week, a program where library goers can exchange nonperishable food items to erase thei...
Dec 6, 2013 5:08 pm
Little Rock police are investigating a robbery that occurred at Centennial Bank in Little Rock.
Dec 6, 2013 2:16 pm
HOT SPRINGS U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's planned visit to Arkansas has been postponed because of the wintry weather.
Dec 6, 2013 10:36 am
A major winter storm packing snow, sleet and freezing rain was making its way through Arkansas on Friday, leaving thousands without electricity, making roadways slick and closing schools and workplace...
Dec 6, 2013 8:45 am
The winter storm that Arkansans have been bracing for hit Thursday, first glazing Northwest Arkansas roads in a sheet of ice, then pelting the state with sleet, snow and more freezing rain.
Dec 6, 2013 8:37 am
An Arkansas Department of Education panel denied permission Thursday to two organizations to resubmit their applications to open charter schools next summer in North Little Rock and Redfield.
Dec 6, 2013 8:36 am
Pulaski Countys five recycling drop-off sites, which were scheduled to close by the end of the year, will stay open through at least June, Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District officials sai...
Dec 6, 2013 8:35 am
The state board that will decide whether Arkansas should operate its own health-insurance exchange will start advertising next week for an executive director, board members decided Thursday.
Dec 6, 2013 8:33 am
Two Saline County criminal cases one of them involving an attempted capital-murder charge have been dismissed due to inappropriate conduct by former sheriff s office employees, and more misdemeanor ...
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