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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
Jul 31, 2015 7:31 pm
HOUSTON Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874.
Jul 31, 2015 6:38 pm
LITTLE ROCK U.S. Sen. John Boozman said states like Arkansas need to be given more flexibility in how they administer child nutrition programs as the funding bill comes up for renewal this fall.
Jul 31, 2015 5:38 pm
A North Little Rock man wanted for two robberies and impersonating a police officer purportedly shot himself while authorities tried to arrest him Thursday, police say.
Jul 31, 2015 5:09 pm
The Little Rock Marathon will host an informational meeting about its free training program at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Centre at University Park.
Jul 31, 2015 5:00 pm
With summer heat bringing heat advisories and high temperatures, the cities of North Little Rock and Little Rock will start trash pickups earlier in the day.
Jul 31, 2015 4:03 pm
Slight relief from hot and humid conditions that have blanketed the state in recent weeks will arrive Friday evening, forecasters say.
Jul 31, 2015 3:54 pm
Overnight lane closures are set for next week on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials announced Friday.
Jul 31, 2015 12:23 pm
MOUNTAIN VIEW The sound of fiddle music will echo through the Ozarks next month during the annual Arkansas State Fiddle Championship.
Jul 31, 2015 12:19 pm
NORTH LITTLE ROCK Federal officials say more than $6 million in disaster assistance will help fund local governments' storm recovery efforts after this spring's severe weather in Arka...
Jul 31, 2015 11:59 am
Jonesboro fire crews are fighting a blaze Friday morning that is blocking a large part of the citys downtown and sending thick plumes of smoke into the air. No injuries have been reported.
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