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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
Apr 23, 2014 10:07 pm
An Arkansas judge has scheduled a hearing over a request to block the enforcement of the state's voter ID law in next month's primary.
Apr 23, 2014 9:52 pm
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning consumers about an Internet ad scam that aims to take advantage of potential renters.
Apr 23, 2014 9:11 pm
Seven finalists vying to head the Little Rock Police Department have been named.
Apr 23, 2014 8:01 pm
U.S. Sen. John Boozman's office says the Republican senator remains hospitalized after undergoing an unexpected heart surgery for a tear in his aorta.
Apr 23, 2014 6:52 pm
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved the dates for this fall's deer hunting season.
Apr 23, 2014 4:12 pm
4:30 p.m. Update: Highway department officials say all westbound lanes of I-40 near the Crystal Hill Road exit, mile marker 148, in North Little Rock have reopened.
Apr 23, 2014 3:32 pm
A former deputy director of the CIA is set to speak Wednesday night in Little Rock.
Apr 23, 2014 1:00 pm
FORREST CITY Authorities are investigating after a person was found dead inside of a burned car in St. Francis County.
Apr 23, 2014 12:27 pm
LITTLE ROCK A state agency and other advocates will rally Wednesday morning at the state Capitol against child abuse.
Apr 23, 2014 12:16 pm
LITTLE ROCK A mechanical engineering design team from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is set to compete in an international event after winning first-place among 18 teams in the Student Pro...
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