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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
Aug 21, 2014 7:35 pm
The Jonesboro Police Department has activated a Silver Alert for an 81-year-old man who has been missing since 7 a.m. Thursday.
Aug 21, 2014 6:27 pm
An 18-wheeler crashed off an Interstate 40 exit ramp Thursday, spilling its load of scrap metal and briefly trapping the driver inside.
Aug 21, 2014 4:17 pm
Four of five people who have been accused of invading and robbing a Bryant home in July have been arrested by police this week.
Aug 21, 2014 3:41 pm
Former Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney formally endorsed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton on Thursday in North Little Rock, saying the race between Cotton...
Aug 21, 2014 3:38 pm
LITTLE ROCK Democratic attorney general hopeful Nate Steel says sex offenders should no longer be eligible for parole and should be required to carry driver's licenses with a special imprint.
Aug 21, 2014 3:08 pm
A Bella Vista man won $1 million this month on a $2 Powerball game ticket, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery said Thursday.
Aug 21, 2014 2:03 pm
A Jacksonville man drove his truck over a curb and within a foot of his wife after a meeting they had arranged to talk about their divorce quickly went awry, authorities said.
Aug 21, 2014 12:15 pm
JONESBORO Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman is scheduled to tour the new NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.
Aug 21, 2014 12:13 pm
LAMAR Arkansas authorities say they've arrested a 69-year-old man who pointed a loaded assault rifle at a deputy.
Aug 21, 2014 12:06 pm
NORTH LITTLE ROCK Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be campaigning in Arkansas for GOP Congressman Tom Cotton in Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.
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