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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
Oct 30, 2014 5:52 pm
Pine Bluff police are searching for a man who purportedly burglarized a supply store Tuesday.
Oct 30, 2014 4:48 pm
The Pine Bluff Police Department is searching for two men who stole automobile equipment from a garage last week.
Oct 30, 2014 4:20 pm
LITTLE ROCK A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a civil lawsuit that was filed by the boyfriend of a slain Arkansas beauty queen.
Oct 30, 2014 3:12 pm
Two lanes of westbound Interstate 630 in Little Rock were at a standstill Thursday morning after a truck spilled gravel in the road, highway officials said.
Oct 30, 2014 3:04 pm
The Jim Dailey Aquatic Center is closing for the winter, but before that, the place is going to the dogs.
Oct 30, 2014 2:37 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to keep a minimum wage increase on the ballot removes the last major hurdle for a proposal that is gaining bipartisan support and faces no or...
Oct 30, 2014 2:13 pm
A grain train collided with a semi-truck a little before 9 a.m. Thursday in Craighead County, police and fire officials are reporting.
Oct 30, 2014 1:46 pm
Crews are on the scene of a fire at a duplex on Valley Drive in Little Rock.
Oct 30, 2014 12:19 pm
Republicans Tom Cotton and Asa Hutchinson have double-digit leads over their Democratic opponents in their races for U.S. Senate and governor, according to the annual Arkansas Poll.
Oct 30, 2014 12:16 pm
ROGERS State park officials say several trails at Hobbs State Park near Rogers will be closed during the forthcoming muzzleloader, modern gun and youth gun deer seasons.
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