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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 1, 2014 7:18 pm
Gov. Mike Beebe has named a retired judge from Harrison to fill in as a special justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court in the lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban.
Oct 1, 2014 6:02 pm
Police are investigating an armed robbery Wednesday at a First Security Bank branch in Little Rock.
Oct 1, 2014 4:33 pm
A hot dog vendor will not be charged in the April death of a former Little Rock police officer, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Oct 1, 2014 2:04 pm
Timothy Buffington, the murderer who escaped from an Arkansas prison and spent about three months on the lam before being recaptured last month, appeared in court Wednesday for the first time on charg...
Oct 1, 2014 1:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Storm Prediction Center says all of Arkansas is at a slight risk for severe weather Thursday as a band of thunderstorms forms along a cold front moving through the state.
Oct 1, 2014 12:17 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas Agriculture Department has recognized a Springdale elementary school as having the best school garden in the state.
Oct 1, 2014 11:59 am
One driver was killed and another hurt Tuesday in Monroe County when a vehicle crossed the centerline and hit the left front end of an oncoming truck, Arkansas State Police said.
Oct 1, 2014 11:29 am
The Republican nominee for attorney general whose voter registration was canceled Tuesday is calling the act politically motivated.
Oct 1, 2014 11:00 am
A panel discussion on issues faced by veterans enrolled in college will be held Thursday evening at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Oct 1, 2014 10:21 am
Investigators discovered the body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter early Tuesday morning after interrogating their chief suspect in the case for more than 12 hours, the Pulaski County sheri...
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