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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Presentation set for Arkansas Ten Commandments monument plan
Apr 27, 2017 7:25 pm
LITTLE ROCK ? A panel tasked with approving the design and location of a Ten Commandments monument will consider a group's plans for building the statue outside the Arkansas Capitol.
Arkansas State names 3 finalists for chancellor's post
Apr 27, 2017 7:17 pm
JONESBORO ? Arkansas State University has named three finalists to become chancellor of the university's Jonesboro campus.
Robber takes headphones from Best Buy in Arkansas, threatens to shoot employees, police say
Apr 27, 2017 6:02 pm
A robber took a pair of headphones from a Best Buy in Jonesboro Wednesday afternoon, left the store, came back and then threatened to shoot store employees when they tried to stop her from leaving aga...
2 tornadoes confirmed in Arkansas; straight-line winds blew trees onto homes, weather service says
Apr 27, 2017 4:59 pm
A second tornado has been confirmed in Arkansas during severe storms Wednesday.
UA professor featured in Smithsonian Channel documentary airing next week
Apr 27, 2017 3:58 pm
A University of Arkansas geosciences professor is featured in a Smithsonian Channel documentary about Petra, Jordan that is set to air Monday, according to a news release.