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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 1, 2014 7:42 am
An administrative law judge with the Arkansas Department of Human Services ordered on Friday that Medicaid payments to a Little Rock-based provider should continue to be suspended pending further inve...
Nov 1, 2014 7:41 am
Independent expenditure committees have spent about $2.2 million promoting and opposing candidates for state offices ranging from attorney general to state representative, according to their latest re...
Nov 1, 2014 7:39 am
Since its inception in 2007 (whiff of oxygen, please; we feel faint), this column has been steadfast in its reliance on both verifiable fact and seriousness of purpose. We never, ever, make jokes or f...
Nov 1, 2014 7:37 am
The wife of murder suspect Arron Lewis appeared before a Little Rock district judge Friday -- a day after she was arrested and charged in the September kidnapping and murder of North Little Rock real-...
Nov 1, 2014 7:36 am
A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a federal judge's ruling suppressing as evidence more than 1,673 pounds of marijuana found during a 2012 traffic stop near Lonoke.
Nov 1, 2014 7:35 am
A prosecutor said Friday that he had decided against charging former Mayflower police Sgt. Jeremy Hanson because city policy apparently had allowed the officer to put fuel in his personal vehicle at c...
Nov 1, 2014 7:35 am
Pulaski County sheriff's deputies are searching for an unknown assailant who shot a man at his place of work Friday morning.
Nov 1, 2014 7:34 am
A former North Little Rock pastor serving a six-year sentence for "sexting" with an underage parishioner lost his appeal Wednesday morning.
Nov 1, 2014 7:33 am
The Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission learned that phosphorus levels in the Illinois River basin continue to decline.
Nov 1, 2014 7:32 am
Construction will require lane closures Sunday on Interstate 430 in Little Rock, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.
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