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Arkansas 

 

Caves and hot springs are some of the more unique geographic features of Arkansas. But inside the Earth’s crust geographic anomalies are notable as well, especially the prospecting for diamonds, an unusual gemstone for North America. 

Murfreesboro maintains a diamond mine that now serves as a popular tourist attraction. Oil and bromine have also been unique resources. Petroleum was discovered in what was called Smackover Field in 1925, when a frenzied horde of oil barons spent half a year churning up the area, squeezing as much “black gold” as they could from the small patch of land. 

Since then the oil rich region has also become a viable—and one of the largest—sources for bromine, a derivative of saltwater brine. Stuttgart soil is yet another geologic anomaly. The very dense and clay-like soil is only found in a small area of east-central Arkansas. The soil is apparently a perfect environment for rice production, a large part of the State’s agricultural output. 

Arkansas most recently entered the mainstream U.S. consciousness when former President Bill Clinton was elected into office after he had been the Governor of Arkansas. Another well-known figure, poet Maya Angelou, spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Stamps, Arkansas and she read a poem for the occasion of President Clinton’s inauguration. 

One of the nation’s largest retail chains sprang from Arkansas. Businessman Sam Walton founded the first Wal-Mart in Arkansas in 1962. Since then the giant corporation has gone on to spawn a number of other like businesses, such as Sam’s Club, and exists in nearly every community in the U.S. 

Cited for its natural beauty, Arkansas was that last vestige of hope for the nearly extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. In fact, for a number of years, biologists actually dismissed the bird. But in 2004, unsubstantiated sightings of a male in the species sent ornithologists combing the Arkansas wilderness. They ultimately found proof that a small number of the birds were still in existence.

Water Bodies

  • Antoine River
  • Arkansas River
  • Bayou des Arc
  • Bayou Macon
  • Beaver Fork Lake
  • Beaver Lake
  • Black River
  • Boeuf River
  • Buffalo River
  • Buffalo River
  • Bull Shoals Lake
  • Cache River
  • Caddo River
  • Calion Lake
  • Cherokee Lake
  • Cossatot River
  • Crown Lake
  • DeGray Lake
  • Diamond Lake
  • Driftwood Lake
  • Easton Lake
  • Fourche La Fave River
  • Fourche River
  • Greers Ferry Lake
  • Harris Brake Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Hurricane Lake
  • Illinois River
  • James Fork
  • Kings River
  • L'Anguille River
  • Lake Ann
  • Lake Atkins
  • Lake Avalon
  • Lake Balboa
  • Lake Brittany
  • Lake Catherine
  • Lake Chanute
  • Lake Chicot
  • Lake Columbia
  • Lake Conway
  • Lake Dardanelle
  • Lake De Gray
  • Lake Erling
  • Lake Estrella
  • Lake Eureka
  • Lake Fort Smith
  • Lake Greeson
  • Lake Hamilton
  • Lake Hinkle
  • Lake Lucerne
  • Lake Ludwig
  • Lake Navajo
  • Lake Norfork
  • Lake Omaha
  • Lake Ouachita
  • Lake Ouachita
  • Lake Rayburn
  • Lake Sequoyah
  • Lake Sophia
  • Lake Thunderbird
  • Lake Windsor
  • Little Missouri River
  • Little Red River
  • Loch Lomond
  • Millwood Lake
  • Mountain Fork
  • Mt. Fork River
  • Mulberry River
  • Nimrod Lake
  • Norfork Lake
  • Norfork River
  • Ouachita River
  • Overcup Lake
  • Piney Bay
  • Piney Creek
  • Pioneer Lake
  • Poteau River
  • Rainbow Lake
  • River Mountain Estates Lake
  • Rolling Fork
  • Saline River
  • Sebastian Lake
  • Shoal Creek
  • Spring Lake
  • Spring River
  • Strawberry River
  • Table Rock Lake
  • Thompson Bay
  • Tri-County Lake
  • Tyronza River
  • Vagabond Lake
  • War Eagle River
  • White River
  • Wild Plum Lake
  • Willow Beach Lake

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