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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 23, 2014 9:59 pm
The Arkansas Board of Corrections has selected former Department of Correction director Larry Norris to serve as interim director when the current director retires.
Oct 23, 2014 9:29 pm
The Little Rock Zoo has announced the hatching of a fourth African penguin chick at the zoo.
Oct 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Russellville police are searching for two men accused of shooting a woman Wednesday night, officials say.
Oct 23, 2014 2:46 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas' highest court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the state's gay marriage ban on the same day a federal judge takes up a separate case over the prohi...
Oct 23, 2014 1:40 pm
A "Scary Movie' mask bought at one Family Dollar and then used to disguise a robber in multiple holdups at other Little Rock and North Little Rock locations helped police solve the cases ...
Oct 23, 2014 12:40 pm
Two men injured in a north Arkansas single-engine plane crash are recovering.
Oct 23, 2014 12:32 pm
FAYETTEVILLE An engineering researcher at the University of Arkansas has received $1.14 million in funding to develop a system for assessing areas at risk for mudslides or rock falls caused by the ef...
Oct 23, 2014 12:27 pm
NORTH LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas Petroleum Storage Tank Advisory Committee could consider reimbursement requests for cleanup operations in five communities at a meeting next week.
Oct 23, 2014 12:25 pm
BATESVILLE The 2015 Ozark Foothills FilmFest is now accepting submissions for its 14th annual festival.
Oct 23, 2014 12:24 pm
LITTLE ROCK Television ads opposing two ballot measures in Arkansas are getting drowned out by the blitz surrounding the U.S. Senate race and state-level match-ups, according to a study released Thur...
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