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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
Feb 7, 2016 3:34 pm
Police are looking for the man who robbed the Metro PCS on Geyer Springs Road and held an employee at gunpoint Friday, a spokesman for the Little Rock Police Department said.
Feb 7, 2016 9:42 am
Voters in the new Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District will decide on a 7.6-mill property-tax increase for school construction and expansion at a special election Tuesday.
Feb 7, 2016 9:41 am
There's one day of early voting left before Tuesday's special bond election to benefit the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.
Feb 7, 2016 9:38 am
The state is exploring alternative ways to determine whether students are ready for college courses.
Feb 7, 2016 9:12 am
In his bid to unseat state Sen. Jane English, state Rep. Donnie Copeland is condemning a deal that English and former Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe reached to secure her vote on reauthorizing funding for...
Feb 7, 2016 9:06 am
After the library closes in Kingston, a town of about 300 residents, people sit on the front porch or in vehicles out front with laptop computers so they can pick up the library's Wi-Fi signal...
Feb 7, 2016 9:05 am
A former military attorney, a public defender and a state agency administrator are vying for the same open seat on the state Court of Appeals.
Feb 7, 2016 9:03 am
FROM THE SMALL-WORLD DEPT.: After his rally Wednesday in Little Rock's Barton Coliseum, Donald Trump -- Republican presidential hopeful, New York business tycoon and former reality TV star -- ...
Feb 7, 2016 9:03 am
The national commander-in-chief for the Veterans of Foreign Wars likes to refer to VFW posts as "pockets of patriotism" for their grass roots outreach projects.
Feb 7, 2016 9:02 am
Dan Hicks, an Arkansas-born musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco's psychedelic sound, has died. He was 74.
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