Arkansas Mining and Natural Resources Facts

Facts about Arkansas - Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro

Here are some interesting facts about Arkansas that your parents probably don't know. Petroleum, natural gas and coal top the list of minerals produced in Arkansas. The state leads the nation in the production of bauxite, quartz crystal, silica stone and bromine (the #1 source in the world).

Also, Arkansas is one of only a few diamond producing states in America and has the only public diamond mine in the world, Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

Did you know that forestland covers more than half of the state? Pine woods represent 54% and the remainder constitutes mixed hardwoods, predominantly oak. Three national forests - the Ozarks, Ouachita, and St. Francis - make up over 2.5 million of these acres.