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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 9, 2016 11:54 pm
A 14-year-old runaway is sought after she left Central High School in Little Rock with an unknown person earlier this month, according to police.
Feb 9, 2016 11:32 pm
A North Little Rock police officer was injured Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle during an arrest, according to authorities.
Feb 9, 2016 10:02 pm
LITTLE ROCK A $250,000 grant to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission will be used to improve unpaved county roads in Arkansas.
Feb 9, 2016 9:21 pm
Additional safety measures are being installed at Little Rock Zoo exhibits, including at one where a boy suffered serious injuries after he fell in and was attacked by a jaguar nearly two years ago.
Feb 9, 2016 6:33 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas attorney general's office wants to appeal a federal judge's decision to expand a lawsuit challenging the state's decision to cut off Medicaid funds to ...
Feb 9, 2016 5:49 pm
Voters in the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District special election Tuesday approved a 7.6-mill property tax increase to help finance a new high school, a new elementary school and four expanded...
Feb 9, 2016 5:07 pm
A second woman who was rushed to the hospital from a Little Rock house fire Monday later died from her injuries, officials said Tuesday.
Feb 9, 2016 4:42 pm
Voters in Little Rock have approved a $37.5 million bond proposal to fund upgrades at the Arkansas Arts Center and MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.
Feb 9, 2016 3:52 pm
Lonely Planet on Tuesday included Northwest Arkansas on its top 10 list of places to visit in the United States in 2016.
Feb 9, 2016 1:29 pm
Strong winds that helped fuel a series of dangerous brush and house fires Monday have weakened slightly, but forecasters urged caution as conditions remained ripe for fires.
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