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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
Feb 6, 2016 6:23 pm
The state Department of Emergency Management is urging residents and business owners to develop an earthquake preparedness plan.
Feb 6, 2016 11:57 am
Rep. Ron McNair, an incumbent, will face John Arthur Hammerschmidt, son of a 13-term U.S. congressman, in the District 98 Republican primary.
Feb 6, 2016 11:56 am
Arkansas State Police troopers made two large marijuana arrests on Interstate 40 in Pope County within days of each other.
Feb 6, 2016 10:21 am
Tyson Foods projected record profit for the year, citing a sharp drop in feed and livestock costs that offset falling revenue this quarter, before its annual shareholder meeting in Springdale on Frida...
Feb 6, 2016 10:18 am
President Barack Obama declared 38 counties in Arkansas as federal disaster areas Friday, allowing them funds to clean up damages left by flooding, tornadoes and storms from Dec. 23 to Jan. 23 that ki...
Feb 6, 2016 10:10 am
Arkansas' House and Senate leaders support Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to boost the salary of the state Department of Human Services' director from $162,647 to $280,000 to attra...
Feb 6, 2016 9:40 am
A federal judge on Friday awarded more than $52,000 to attorneys who successfully challenged the placement of a Nativity scene on the Baxter County Courthouse grounds last year.
Feb 6, 2016 9:39 am
Emergency warning sirens that have been silent in four parts of North Little Rock since fall are set to be replaced by the spring tornado season, beginning an upgrade for all of the citys 16 sirens, c...
Feb 6, 2016 9:36 am
Federal prosecutors are recommending that a former Crittenden County juvenile probation officer and West Memphis city councilman be imprisoned for two to 2 years for his admitted role in a bribery con...
Feb 6, 2016 9:35 am
The Harmony Grove School District in Camden is seeking a 5.6-mill increase Tuesday for the second time within five months to fund construction projects and make improvements to its existing facilities...
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