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Elemental bromine (Br) is the 25th chemical element in order of abundance in nature and is a component of some brines. At room temperature, bromine is a highly corrosive, reddish-brown, volatile liquid which, along with fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), and iodine (I), forms a family of elements known as the halogens. The word "halogen" means salt producer. Brine is another name for salt water and is found throughout the world in varying concentrations in oceans, briny lakes, inland seas, in salt beds and within subsurface geological formations.
Arkansas ranks first in the world in the production of bromine, the basis for many widely used chemical compounds. Bromine, along with oil and natural gas production in south Arkansas, is one of the top three minerals produced in Arkansas.