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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
Oct 21, 2016 6:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider its decision that votes on a casino-gambling issue not be counted this year.
Oct 21, 2016 3:41 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? An Arkansas city says its ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity doesn't violate a state law that was intended to prevent such local prot...
Oct 21, 2016 2:25 pm
A Little Rock School District student says he was beaten and robbed by seven people Thursday afternoon, according to police.
Oct 21, 2016 11:21 am
An Arkansas woman was arrested early Thursday morning after telling police she stole a phone and then smashed the screen with a chunk of concrete when it started ringing, according to the Jacksonville...
Oct 21, 2016 10:49 am
The unemployment rate in Arkansas rose to 4 percent in September, up from 3.9 percent a month earlier, the state Department of Workforce Services said.
Oct 21, 2016 10:01 am
Power has been restored to the more than 4,200 people in part of Little Rock who experienced an Entergy outage that started shortly after 8:30 a.m. Friday, a spokesman for the utility said.
Oct 21, 2016 9:33 am
A Little Rock man was arrested Wednesday at a Wal-Mart Supercenter after police say he hid packages of meat under his clothes, according to the Pulaski County sheriff's office.
Oct 21, 2016 9:22 am
POCAHONTAS ? Officials at a northeast Arkansas technical college say an "active shooter" alert Thursday turned out to be a false alarm.
Oct 21, 2016 7:38 am
An Arkansas woman was killed and three others were injured Thursday afternoon in a collision south of Crawfordsville in Crittenden County, according to Arkansas State Police.
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