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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Executions set tone for year's peace march
Apr 24, 2017 7:47 am
The fourth annual Pilgrimage for Peace in central Arkansas took on a different feeling Sunday with the shadow of last week's execution and the looming specter of the two set for this evening.
Interest conflicts get more scrutiny
Apr 24, 2017 7:46 am
Pulaski County is paying more attention to potential conflicts of interest in the contracts it awards.
City rehires former attorney to help regain residents' trust
Apr 24, 2017 7:45 am
CAVE SPRINGS -- A former city attorney has returned to his old job in Cave Springs with a plan to help officials regain residents' trust after months of political upheaval in the Northwest Ark...
After flow of ideas, W. Memphis out to make water tower a tourist draw
Apr 24, 2017 7:44 am
Main Street West Memphis will illuminate a 94-year-old water tower on East Broadway and hang glistening cables from it, giving the effect of cascading water, as part of the Crittenden County town&...
As elections association comes to end, NW officials look to form replacement
Apr 24, 2017 7:44 am
FAYETTEVILLE -- A group of Northwest Arkansas election commissioners plans to start a new organization to replace the Arkansas County Election Commissions Association, which is set to dissolve this ye...
Chili Peppers age, but energy remains
Apr 24, 2017 7:43 am
Age presents a problem for most rock bands, and one would think that general rule would apply to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Man faces charges in machete threat
Apr 24, 2017 7:42 am
An Arkansas man is accused of brandishing an 18-inch-long machete at his roommate during a domestic disturbance.
Public housing overhaul planned in Hot Springs
Apr 24, 2017 7:41 am
HOT SPRINGS -- Contractors gathered Thursday at the Webb Community Center in Hot Springs to hear the requirements for bidding on a $22.1 million construction project that will overhaul all 365 of the ...
2 school aides OK'd to work after death
Apr 24, 2017 7:40 am
FAYETTEVILLE -- Two of five classroom aides on leave since the death of a Fayetteville first-grader were cleared to return to work at Vandergriff Elementary School, according to a school district news...
Men's Chorus put audience into spirit
Apr 24, 2017 7:39 am
The River City Men's Chorus and its audience really got into the spirit Sunday afternoon at Little Rock's Second Presbyterian Church.
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