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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
Mar 1, 2015 6:15 pm
Despite dreary weather conditions and a challenging course, Yao Long and Angie Zinkus conquered their first Little Rock Marathon on Sunday.
Mar 1, 2015 2:53 pm
About 10,000 athletes were greeted with cloudy conditions and a cold drizzle Sunday morning as they took to the streets of Little Rock for the 13th annual Little Rock Marathon.
Mar 1, 2015 10:04 am
FAYETTEVILLE -- Gerald Mitchell planned for years to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Mar 1, 2015 10:03 am
The state's payments to state lawmakers for per diem, mileage, travel and office expenses increased by $190,000, or 5 percent, in 2014 over 2012.
Mar 1, 2015 10:01 am
As a federal judge considers whether to lift a stay on her ruling outlawing Arkansas' bans on same-sex marriage, creating the potential for a second round of same-sex marriages until the issue...
Mar 1, 2015 9:54 am
Police on Saturday identified three victims of a mass shooting in Tyrone, Mo., on Thursday night that resulted in eight deaths, including that of the gunman.
Mar 1, 2015 9:30 am
A Little Rock senator is pushing legislation that would require state prison and parole officials to open their books and provide more public information on offenders.
Mar 1, 2015 9:27 am
While most of Arkansas was chilly but free of freezing rain and snow Saturday, north-central and Northwest Arkansas -- especially Washington County -- were hit once more by wintry weather.
Mar 1, 2015 9:26 am
CENTER STAGE: Benton native Barbara Johnston Hubbard, 87, retired longtime special events director for New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and its Pan American Center, recently received Pollstar...
Mar 1, 2015 9:25 am
Cindee Joslin, the owner of a school in Bentonville that teaches yoga instructors, was preparing for her first training session when she received a letter from a state regulatory board in July notifyi...
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