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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 25, 2016 5:33 am
Kristina Chism's voice shook. She pressed her lips tightly together trying to stanch the tears welling up in her eyes.
Sep 25, 2016 5:33 am
On Wednesday afternoon, Little Rock Central High School sophomore Kleontae Green had to make the 45-minute trek from school to the homeless shelter on Roosevelt Road where he lives with his mother.
Sep 25, 2016 5:30 am
NEW YORK -- If singer Cher wants to highlight Hillary Clinton's climate policies, she has some Arkansans who are happy to hand her the talking points.
Sep 25, 2016 5:08 am
Museum dedication delights Boozman
Sep 25, 2016 4:57 am
Colleges and universities in the University of Arkansas System will face more scrutiny when proposing new degree programs that are fully online.
Sep 25, 2016 4:57 am
WHAT'S IN A NAME: Tim Green, a former NFL player and New York Times bestselling author whose works include Football Genius and Unstoppable, has a new novel, Left Out, which includes a couple o...
Sep 25, 2016 4:56 am
Food trucks and pop-up tents lined the streets of downtown Little Rock on Saturday afternoon, peddling everything from deep-fried eats to tarot card readings.
Sep 25, 2016 4:55 am
Hot Springs Democrat Jerry Rephan promised to introduce legislation next year to raise the state?s minimum wage from $8.50 to $10 an hour, if he?s elected in House District 25 in the Nov. 8 general el...
Sep 25, 2016 4:51 am
CONWAY -- At 7 years old, Sydney Hopson thrives on the Bible, CNN, music and politics.
Sep 25, 2016 4:49 am
College students and high school seniors can begin submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid on Saturday, three months earlier than in previous years.
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