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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PHOTOS, VIDEOS: 1 dead, 1 hospitalized after Little Rock shooting, police say
Apr 26, 2017 11:16 pm
One person is dead and one is in the hospital after a shooting that stemmed from a possible robbery at a Little Rock apartment building Wednesday evening, police said.
Search ongoing for canoeist who went missing on Buffalo River, officials say
Apr 26, 2017 9:01 pm
A search was ongoing Wednesday afternoon for a canoeist who went missing while floating the rain-swollen Buffalo River in north-central Arkansas, officials said.
Arkansas battery plant locks out employees amid negotiations
Apr 26, 2017 7:41 pm
FORT SMITH ? A battery plant in Arkansas has locked out its employees after a deadlock in union contract negotiations with employee representatives of IBEW Local 7000.
Police: Little Rock tortilla shop's front door smashed; $400 stolen
Apr 26, 2017 6:20 pm
The front glass door of a Little Rock Mexican grocery store and tortilla shop was smashed in and $400 in cash was stolen early Tuesday, police said.
Police: Passenger being taken to doctor gets behind wheel, drives into multiple vehicles on I-630
Apr 26, 2017 6:04 pm
A man with the mental capacity of a child hit several vehicles on Interstate 630 Wednesday morning after he slipped into the driver's seat of a vehicle while being taken to a doctor, a police ...
Tornado watch remains for part of state; weather service to investigate storm damage
Apr 26, 2017 2:41 pm
The National Weather Service says it will send a crew to Brinkley on Thursday to determine whether storm damage was caused by a tornado.
Police: Little Rock man crashes into bridge; vodka bottle later falls out of car
Apr 26, 2017 1:42 pm
An Arkansas man was arrested Tuesday after he crashed into a North Little Rock bridge, authorities said.
Little Rock police link at least 2 shootings; 4 injured in 4 incidents include mother, 12-year-old
Apr 26, 2017 9:30 am
A 12-year-old boy, a mother of young children and two other victims were injured by gunfire in four Little Rock shootings from Monday evening to Tuesday morning, authorities said.
DWI gets Arkansas judge sanction; panel backs reinstatement
Apr 26, 2017 9:30 am
A state judicial commission publicly sanctioned Circuit Judge William Pearson on Tuesday for actions that led to his arrest for drunken and reckless driving.
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