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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
Apr 1, 2015 7:31 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas House members have advanced to Gov. Asa Hutchinson a bill to allow a Ten Commandments monument to be built at the state Capitol.
Apr 1, 2015 6:28 pm
The Conway Police Department is seeking the publics help in identifying two men in the Tuesday night burglary of an AT&T store in which about $20,000 in merchandise was stolen.
Apr 1, 2015 4:57 pm
Opponents to the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act gathered on Wednesday to celebrate immediately after Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced he has asked legislators to amend the legislation.
Apr 1, 2015 4:23 pm
Local organizers have taken a big step toward War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock hosting a bowl game.
Apr 1, 2015 4:11 pm
The House Committee on Education endorsed on Wednesday four Senate amendments to a bill that would allow public schools the apply for the same waivers open-enrollment charter schools receive.
Apr 1, 2015 2:05 pm
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday asked that legislators amend House Bill 1228 to reflect terms of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Apr 1, 2015 12:39 pm
It was the last day of March and temperatures soared into the mid-80s Tuesday in Little Rock, but it will officially go down as a day of record snowfall.
Apr 1, 2015 12:12 pm
TOKYO The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.
Apr 1, 2015 12:12 pm
ROGERS U.S. Sen. John Boozman plans to meet with bankers, mayors and business owners in Northwest Arkansas for roundtable discussions about the economic and infrastructure needs in the region.
Apr 1, 2015 12:00 pm
Severe storms are possible for parts of Arkansas at times during the rest of the workweek, including a system Thursday that could spawn tornadoes, the National Weather Service said.
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