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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
Nov 25, 2014 10:40 pm
A federal judge determined Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional but has stayed her decision pending appeal.
Nov 25, 2014 7:57 pm
Formal charges were filed against Arron Lewis, 33, and Crystal Lowery, 41, on Monday in the death of Realtor Beverly Carter, court documents state.
Nov 25, 2014 7:57 pm
DEER A handful of computers no longer used at the U.S. Senate are going to five rural schools in Arkansas.
Nov 25, 2014 6:12 pm
LITTLE ROCK A southeastern Oklahoma wind farm is providing Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. with 150 megawatts of potential wind energy through a long-term power purchase agreement.
Nov 25, 2014 4:54 pm
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock announced Tuesday that it received a $1.4 million gift for the School of Mass Communication from the Johnnie A. Winn Revocable Trust.
Nov 25, 2014 4:33 pm
SEARCY The search for a missing toddler who is believed to have wandered away from his home Sunday night entered its third day Tuesday, with volunteers scouring new neighborhoods and a specialized te...
Nov 25, 2014 4:12 pm
Joe Thompson, who has served as Arkansas' most high-profile health official for nearly a decade and was a key advocate for the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, won't be r...
Nov 25, 2014 3:13 pm
The Central Arkansas Library System aims to help feed the needy and give money-owing patrons a break again this year by designating a Food for Fines week in December.
Nov 25, 2014 1:24 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas has awarded more than $2.6 million in grants to 35 health improvement programs in Arkansas.
Nov 25, 2014 1:22 pm
WILTON Arkansas State Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash that injured the sheriff of a southwest Arkansas county.
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