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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
May 2, 2016 4:43 am
Some 23.6 percent of the 15,066 students enrolling for the first time at an Arkansas four-year institution in fall 2009 graduated in four years, while 39.7 percent of those students graduated in six, ...
May 2, 2016 4:37 am
At least 603 unaccompanied children from Central America were placed with sponsors in Arkansas over the past three years, according to data compiled by The Associated Press.
May 2, 2016 4:14 am
The Florida company planning to vaporize manure at a Mount Judea hog farm will test the equipment but will not permanently install it, the company president said last week.
May 2, 2016 4:12 am
A state legislative committee today will consider a $250,000 settlement for the widow of a veteran who died in January 2013 at the Fayetteville Veterans Home.
May 2, 2016 4:09 am
As if 27 years of service weren't enough, Bobby Roberts kick-started two initiatives at the Central Arkansas Library System with personal donations at his retirement party Sunday.
May 2, 2016 4:08 am
State attorneys say a group that helped "manufacture" clean water is muddying up state statutes in order to avoid a nearly $100,000 tax debt.
May 2, 2016 4:07 am
JONESBORO -- Proponents of a city ordinance that regulates the maintenance of Jonesboro properties say it provides a guideline for homeowners and tenants to preserve their homes and keep them safe.
May 2, 2016 4:04 am
The Sweet Home Fire Department's 1983 Mack Pumper fire engine has busted pipes and gears that don't work.
May 2, 2016 4:00 am
BENTONVILLE -- A School Board member asked fellow members to consider implementing a high school elective course focused on academic study of the Bible.
May 2, 2016 3:59 am
So it took Paul -- oops, make that Sir Paul McCartney -- a few decades to work Arkansas into his busy performance schedule. No worries. That just meant he had more material to pick from when he finall...
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