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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Private college enters new stage of campaign
Apr 29, 2017 7:51 am
A University of the Ozarks campaign to raise $55 million kicked off its public phase Friday, with endowed scholarships one of three funding priorities for the private, Presbyterian-affiliated school i...
$33,000 in UA grants aim to cut student textbook costs
Apr 29, 2017 7:50 am
Five professors will receive a total of up to $33,000 as part of a new grant program encouraging University of Arkansas, Fayetteville faculty to use low-cost, open-access educational materials.
Arkansas' roadsides all abloom
Apr 29, 2017 7:49 am
Dear Fellow Retiree: My husband I recently drove to Key West. We noticed many interstate exits in Florida are beautifully landscaped with palms, magnolias and flowers. My first thought was Wow! Does t...
Apr 29, 2017 7:46 am
A 26-year-old Little Rock man who in January admitted being part of a scheme to steal federal funds meant for providing food for poor children was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in prison.
Veteran GOP operative joins staff of lieutenant governor
Apr 29, 2017 7:43 am
The former state director for the conservative Americans for Prosperity group, David Ray, started work Friday as the deputy chief of staff and communications director for Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, Griffin...
Draft suggests core-course learning goals
Apr 29, 2017 7:41 am
Core educational requirements under a draft proposal from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville faculty members would formally emphasize ethical reasoning, diversity in the United States and global aw...
Grim Rapunzel brighter at end
Apr 29, 2017 7:39 am
The original 19th-century German story of Rapunzel involves imprisonment, an evil witch, criminal activity, seduction, violence, an unexpected pregnancy, attempted suicide, and some aimless wandering ...
Concert's sacred music glorious
Apr 29, 2017 7:38 am
Whoever might have backed away from the Arkansas Choral Society's presentation of two pieces of French sacred music -- Gabriel Faure's Requiem and Francis Poulenc's Gloria -- a...
Texarkana rapist handed 80 years
Apr 29, 2017 7:36 am
A man who brandished a gun and wore a disguise the night he raped and robbed his former teacher in 2015 was sentenced to 80 years in prison after he was convicted of seven felonies Thursday by a Mille...
Police: Kids alone after couple jailed
Apr 29, 2017 7:32 am
A Jonesboro man and woman are accused of abandoning their children while they were in jail, according to a police report.
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