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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 19, 2014 4:51 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Voters can begin casting early ballots Monday in Arkansas' midterm election and while the top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate and governor's races have dominated the airwa...
Oct 19, 2014 8:33 am
A Tennessee-based housing and resort developer -- along with his companies, executives and family -- is the largest donor so far to Arkansas' gubernatorial race between Republican Asa Hutchins...
Oct 19, 2014 8:31 am
In a race that has blanketed the state with millions of dollars in television, radio and Internet advertising, the two front-runners in the four-man contest for U.S. Senate are waging the most expensi...
Oct 19, 2014 8:24 am
Mayor David Ray Bright walked haltingly Saturday across the lacquered hardwood floors of the Lafayette County High School gymnasium toward a fern-adorned podium. He clenched rolled-up sheets of paper ...
Oct 19, 2014 8:22 am
The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball:
Oct 19, 2014 8:11 am
The four candidates for Arkansas' U.S. Senate seat disagree on key issues and have differing priorities. These are some of the issues most talked about during the race.
Oct 19, 2014 8:05 am
Early voting starts Monday. The following is a list of contested county and municipal races, plus local ballot issues, on Nov. 4 general election ballots across the state. An asterisk (*) denotes incu...
Oct 19, 2014 8:04 am
Early voting starts Monday. These are the state ballot issues and candidates for state and federal offices on the Nov. 4 ballot. Following each candidates name is his or her party affiliation.
Oct 19, 2014 7:55 am
Competitors from around the country are scheduled to gather next month for a USA Shooting-sanctioned trap and skeet event at the Delta Resort & Spa near the tiny Arkansas town of Tillar.
Oct 19, 2014 7:52 am
WASHINGTON -- Two Arkansas principals were among those recognized Friday by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the National Association of Elementary School Principals 2014 awards gala in Wash...
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