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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 19, 2013 6:10 pm
So far, no Arkansas colleges or universities are permitting faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.
May 19, 2013 4:19 pm
BLYTHEVILLE Police in Blytheville say one person was fatally shot after officers responded to a report that a person was being held hostage.
May 19, 2013 9:49 am
The average Little Rock water bill has almost doubled since 2000, and the biggest factor in that rise has been a sewer service charge that more than doubled in the same period.
May 19, 2013 9:46 am
Melbourne cattle farmer Hayden Wyatt has watched his herd more closely since someone stole 140 cows and calves from him and his partner a year and a half ago.
May 19, 2013 9:41 am
The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 10-13-14-22-52 Powerball: 11 Estimated jackpot: $600 million
May 19, 2013 9:39 am
So far, 104 Arkansas 911 systems have implemented a software program that can provide emergency responders with detailed information about the people who call seeking help during emergencies.
May 19, 2013 9:37 am
STAMP OF APPROVAL: The U.S. Postal Service will release its stamp honoring country-music legend Johnny Cash on June 5 at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville.
May 19, 2013 9:36 am
MARIANNA For more than 40 years, Arkansas officials scrutinized land along the Mississippi River, hoping to find an area to create a state park.
May 19, 2013 9:33 am
North Little Rock aldermen will consider a $35,000 annual raise for City Attorney Jason Carter, who has been juggling three city jobs, when they hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
May 19, 2013 9:32 am
Award-winning journalist Laura Ling, who spent five months held captive in North Korea in 2009, used that experience as she urged the 10th graduating class of Little Rocks Episcopal Collegiate School ...