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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 28, 2016 4:31 am
Yes, there were rats in his office at the Governor?s Mansion but they were in check, former Gov. Mike Beebe said Friday in an interview in which he described other aspects of life at the residence for...
May 28, 2016 4:19 am
Michael Poore, the soon-to-be superintendent of the Little Rock School District, will start work in the district early, before he takes the helm July 1, at a cost to the state of $12,000, the Arkansas...
May 28, 2016 4:01 am
FAYETTEVILLE -- For the second time since 2013, the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has been found responsible for violating a student conduct policy against hazing.
May 28, 2016 3:57 am
In the last minutes leading up to the ceremony that marked the beginning of a nine-month deployment, a girl ran, a blur of a blue skirt parting a sea of camouflage, to give her father another hug.
May 28, 2016 3:54 am
Southern Arkansas University students will pay 3.8 percent more in tuition and fees for the 2016-17 school year, school officials said.
May 28, 2016 3:54 am
A Fort Smith lawyer who was leading the fight to return the Rebel mascot name to Southside High School has abandoned the effort.
May 28, 2016 3:53 am
FAYETTEVILLE -- Rogers police officers had ample reason to fear for their lives and the safety of bystanders when they shot to death a woman wielding a knife in a store almost five years ago, accordin...
May 28, 2016 3:52 am
ROGERS -- The Legislature could improve the state's business climate by allowing businesses that generate electricity with solar panels and other renewable energy sources to sell more of it to...
May 28, 2016 3:50 am
Most state, federal and local government offices and services will be affected by the Memorial Day holiday Monday.
May 28, 2016 3:50 am
FAYETTEVILLE -- A grievance hearing for a fired Washington County Road Department employee and whistleblower has been postponed indefinitely pending a settlement between the county and former employee...
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