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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.
Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.
News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Oct 31, 2014 4:06 pm
The Museum of Discovery director of visitor experience who earlier this year appeared on <em>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</em> will make another appearance on the program next we...
Oct 31, 2014 3:56 pm
Authorities are searching for a 25-year-old man suspected in the killing of Hope man whose body was found after a fire at his house was extinguished.
Oct 31, 2014 3:44 pm
JONESBORO New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie touted the Republican Party's nominees for governor and the U.S. Senate in Arkansas on Friday, as the GOP tries to build on its recent gains in a stat...
Oct 31, 2014 12:47 pm
FAYETTEVILLE A new economic analysis has found that the Arkansas Research and Technology Park has had an economic impact of more than $522 million since construction began in 2003.
Oct 31, 2014 12:46 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says Monday is the deadline to register for its 2014 Watershed Conference and pre-conference workshops.
Oct 31, 2014 11:56 am
Traffic restrictions are planned in the coming days on Interstates 30, 430 and 440 in different parts of the state, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Friday.
Oct 31, 2014 8:02 am
A Little Rock judge issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Rodney Forte, executive director of the Metropolitan Housing Alliance, over accusations he has failed to produce documents requested by the Ar...
Oct 31, 2014 7:59 am
Supporters of the ballot measure to raise Arkansas' minimum wage have raised close to $1.7 million in the past month to promote the initiative, despite having no organized opposition.
Oct 31, 2014 7:26 am
Sunlight shone through a burst of blues, greens, purples and yellows in the newly restored stained glass dome in the House chamber on Thursday, as final touches were made to the room before it was off...
Oct 31, 2014 7:25 am
Sedrick Reed, the former Arkansas State Police lieutenant who in July admitted to stealing seized drugs from the agency's property room to sell on the streets, was sentenced Thursday to more t...
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