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.
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Oct 25, 2016 7:44 am
A 41-year-old Little Rock man received an eight-year prison sentence Monday for cocaine possession, almost two years after he failed to show up for a court appearance on the charge.
Oct 25, 2016 7:43 am
CONWAY -- Three men are vying to be the first new mayor in Conway since 1999, when Tab Townsell took office.
Oct 25, 2016 7:42 am
A federal lawsuit filed Monday in Little Rock on behalf of a disabled veteran and a homeless man challenges the constitutionality of a state law that prohibits begging for money, food or other charity...
Oct 25, 2016 7:41 am
The recommended percentage increase in state funding for public schools would be less than in years past under a draft plan released Monday.
Oct 25, 2016 7:39 am
It was a quiet year for criminal activity at the Arkansas State Fair, with Little Rock police only arresting one person at the 10-day event, a Police Department spokesman said.
Oct 25, 2016 7:36 am
Continuing work on a railroad overpass will require daily lane closures this week on West Broadway in North Little Rock, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.
Oct 25, 2016 7:36 am
Continuing pavement repair work on Interstate 30 near Gurdon will require another lane closure Wednesday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.
Oct 25, 2016 7:35 am
SPRINGDALE -- Superintendent Jim Rollins has received the 2016 AdvancED Arkansas Excellence in Education award.
Oct 25, 2016 7:32 am
A Hot Springs man was listed in critical condition after he arrived at a hospital early Monday with a gunshot wound, police said.
Oct 25, 2016 7:31 am
Midday LR holdup nets $3,000, phone
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