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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
Mar 10, 2014 6:58 pm
Little Rock officials will hold a public meeting Monday evening to discuss plans for road improvements on LaMarche Drive.
Mar 10, 2014 5:59 pm
A Prairie Grove man has been sentenced to 18 1/2 years in prison without parole for using hidden cameras to take video of a 16-year-old girl as she undressed and showered, the U.S. attorney for the We...
Mar 10, 2014 3:58 pm
CLINTON A former University of Central Arkansas student testified Monday that ex-university chief of staff Jack Gillean gave him master keys on multiple occasions so he could burglarize offices and s...
Mar 10, 2014 1:31 pm
ASH FLAT Voters will go to the polls Tuesday in Sharp County on a proposed sales-tax increase that would pay for a new hospital.
Mar 10, 2014 12:20 pm
MONETTE Police in Monette say there were no injuries when a tractor-trailer rig exploded near City Hall in the northeast Arkansas town.
Mar 10, 2014 12:12 pm
LITTLE ROCK A broker who says he gave $36,000 to Arkansas' former treasurer to aid her during a rough patch in her life said he received more than $2 million in commissions for business he di...
Mar 10, 2014 12:07 pm
CONWAY The trial of a former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff charged in the theft of tests is scheduled to start.
Mar 10, 2014 9:53 am
The House and Senate will meet briefly this week as both chambers vote to approve the states spending plan and wrap up the fiscal session.
Mar 10, 2014 9:48 am
Former Jacksonville police officer John Forte has been in his share of battles, but nothing made him want to fight harder than a letter he received last summer saying his daughters scholarship could b...
Mar 10, 2014 9:29 am
Legislation on how to accommodate disabled-housing requests will be considered by the North Little Rock City Council tonight, after the council rejected an alternative-housing request in December.
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