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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
Jun 24, 2016 6:52 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has voted to establish a chronic wasting disease management zone in 10 north Arkansas counties.
Jun 24, 2016 5:02 pm
A former sixth-grade teacher was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for trying to coerce a minor into having sex with him.
Jun 24, 2016 4:11 pm
Southwest of Bass Pro Shops and the Outlets of Little Rock, the newest Chick-fil-A location in Arkansas? capital city is taking shape.
Jun 24, 2016 2:52 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? The city of Little Rock is opening four cooling centers as the summer starts heating up.
Jun 24, 2016 2:02 pm
A federal judge in Fort Smith will rethink at least some of his findings concerning ethics violations against 16 lawyers in a class-action insurance case.
Jun 24, 2016 11:43 am
State, city and county law enforcement agencies are planning a crackdown on drunken driving this Fourth of July holiday.
Jun 24, 2016 10:51 am
Sen. Tom Cotton said Friday he respects Britain's vote to leave the European Union and encouraged a continued strong relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Jun 24, 2016 6:45 am
A prosecutor has asked state police to investigate whether a small town has violated Arkansas' speed-trap law, which prohibits a city from "abusing police power" regarding the issuan...
Jun 24, 2016 6:45 am
Forty-nine Arkansas counties declined in population last year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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