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Ouachita Mountains


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A low mountain range between the Arkansas and Red rivers extending about 322 km (200 mi) from central Arkansas to southeast Oklahoma. Magazine Mountain, 839.7 m (2,753 ft), is the highest point in the range and the highest elevation in Arkansas.


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  • Just as exciting to me as the hot springs was discovering that that Ouachita Mountains are packed with crystal deposits.

    Christine Buckley: Hot Springs, Arkansas: The Best Kept Secret In America

  • The valley with the world-famous mineral springs in the Ouachita Mountains has always been a separate place from the rest of Arkansas: part restorative mecca, part safe haven, diverse, cosmopolitan, open to all the competing impulses and contradictions of human beings.

    Into the Story

  • Strata are much less deformed, and ridges are less defined, than in the Ouachita Mountains (36).

    Ecoregions of Oklahoma (EPA)

  • Total dissolved solids and hardness values are higher than in the Ouachita Mountains (36), but are lower than in many other parts of Oklahoma.

    Ecoregions of Oklahoma (EPA)

  • Streams in the eastern part of Ecoregion 35d drain the more rugged, lithologically distinct Ouachita Mountains (36); aquatic flora and fauna assemblages are influenced by the Ouachitas and are distinct from western streams.

    Ecoregions of Oklahoma (EPA)

  • The folded Ouachita Mountains (36) are underlain by Paleozoic sandstone, shale, and chert and mostly covered by pine – upland hardwood forests.

    Ecoregions of Oklahoma (EPA)

  • Oak – hickory forests and limited oak – hickory – pine forests are native on uplands; ecoregions to the west, and the South Central Plains (35) and Ouachita Mountains (36) to the south, have different natural vegetation than Ecoregion 39.

    Ecoregions of Oklahoma (EPA)

  • In addition, downstream influences of the Ouachita Mountains on aquatic flora and fauna occur far into Ecoregion 35.

    Ecoregions of Oklahoma (EPA)

  • Commercial pine plantations, such as those in this photograph, are extensive in less rugged parts of the Ouachita Mountains including Ecoregions 36a and 36e.

    Ecoregions of Oklahoma (EPA)

  • Forests cover most of the Ozark Plateau and the Ouachita Mountains; they become progressively more stunted and open westward.

    Ecoregions of Oklahoma (EPA)


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