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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
Jul 24, 2014 7:09 am
A study released earlier this month and conducted by the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that the financial literacy skills of American 15-year-olds were midd...
Jul 24, 2014 7:02 am
More than 20 Arkansas counties have been designated as disaster areas by the U.S. secretary of agriculture, allowing farmers and ranchers to receive assistance for losses caused by flooding in the Del...
Jul 23, 2014 8:58 pm
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29.
Jul 23, 2014 8:52 pm
The U.S. Department of Labor is giving Arkansas $1 million to help continue cleanup operations following a December winter storm.
Jul 23, 2014 6:48 pm
A 45-year-old El Dorado man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of receiving child pornography.
Jul 23, 2014 6:40 pm
Members of the state's congressional delegation have announced more than $500,000 in grants for upgrades at four airports around Arkansas.
Jul 23, 2014 6:35 pm
A man who was struck by a passing car while jogging Monday morning in Little Rock has died.
Jul 23, 2014 5:05 pm
The four-hour lockdown at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville has been lifted.
Jul 23, 2014 3:10 pm
The National Weather Service in Little Rock is receiving multiple reports from county officials of damage from downed trees in Polk, Conway and Yell counties.
Jul 23, 2014 2:35 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas election officials say a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage needs at least 15,107 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.
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