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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
Sep 18, 2014 4:52 pm
Officials with the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith announced a $5 million gift Thursday, a week prior to the museums planned groundbreaking Sept. 24
Sep 18, 2014 4:07 pm
A convicted murderer who escaped from an Arkansas prison nearly three months ago has been recaptured in Logan County.
Sep 18, 2014 3:40 pm
Storms are expected to make their way through southern and central Arkansas on Thursday, forecasters say.
Sep 18, 2014 2:03 pm
The Pulaski County sheriff's office is again investigating a phone scam in which a caller purports to be representing the agency and demands payment for outstanding warrants.
Sep 18, 2014 1:31 pm
BLYTHEVILLE Leaders in northeast Arkansas will consider a resolution next week on whether Mississippi County should eliminate one of its two county seats and have one only courthouse.
Sep 18, 2014 9:57 am
The Broadway Bridge over the Arkansas River will be out of commission for no more than six months if the low bid to replace it -- submitted by a Kansas City, Mo., construction company -- is accepted.
Sep 18, 2014 9:55 am
The consultant that lawmakers are considering hiring without seeking bids to review the Arkansas Lottery asked its commission in August to extend its deadline for submitting a bid to conduct a separat...
Sep 18, 2014 9:15 am
Arkansas' U.S. House delegation supported the vote to train and arm Syrian rebels against Islamic State fighters who control parts of Syria and Iraq.
Sep 18, 2014 9:03 am
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., filed legislation Wednesday to create a tax credit of up to $1,000 each for people who install storm shelters or safe rooms in their homes.
Sep 18, 2014 9:01 am
Arkansas State University will allow any football player who wishes to voluntarily place a NCAA-compliant sticker on his helmet to memorialize two deceased members of the football program, ASU officia...
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