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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
Apr 22, 2014 8:55 pm
The Arkansas Agriculture Department is accepting applications for grants to fund specialty crops in the state.
Apr 22, 2014 7:29 pm
Arkansas Tech University in Russellville has selected its 12th president.
Apr 22, 2014 6:27 pm
Police in Little Rock say one man was shot to death and the suspected gunman is being sought.
Apr 22, 2014 6:05 pm
Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is defending his vote against the farm bill, saying he didn't believe the legislation did enough to cut food stamps or to help Arkansas&#...
Apr 22, 2014 5:33 pm
Republican gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Curtis Coleman vied for the support of farmers Tuesday at a forum arranged by the Arkansas Farm Bureau.
Apr 22, 2014 5:07 pm
Multiple agencies will be involved in an emergency exercise Tuesday afternoon on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus in Little Rock.
Apr 22, 2014 3:40 pm
U.S. Sen. John Boozman is recovering after undergoing an unscheduled heart surgery Tuesday morning at a hospital in Rogers, according to a statement from his office.
Apr 22, 2014 2:42 pm
A North Little Rock man is accused of punching his teenage son in a disturbance that started over some beans, authorities said.
Apr 22, 2014 2:32 pm
MAUMELLE The Arkansas Highway Commission has approved bids for improvements to two busy roads in central Arkansas.
Apr 22, 2014 12:37 pm
LITTLE ROCK Gov. Mike Beebe and sculptor Anita Huffington will be presented honorary degrees from the University of Arkansas during the university's May 10 commencement ceremony.
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