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Fact Sheet 2011–3032

Drilling a Deep Geologic Test Well at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

By Arthur P. Schultz and Ellen L. Seefelt

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The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), is drilling a deep geologic test well at Hilton Head Island, S.C. The test well is scheduled to run between mid-March and early May 2011. When completed, the well will be about 1,000 feet deep. The purpose of this test well is to gain knowledge about the regional-scale Floridan aquifer, an important source of groundwater in the Hilton Head area. Also, cores obtained during drilling will enable geologists to study the last 60 million years of Earth history in this area.

First posted March 2011

For additional information contact:

Arthur P. Schultz, Project Chief
U.S. Geological Survey
926A National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Phone: (703) 648–6501

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Suggested citation:

Schultz, A.P., and Seefelt, E.L., 2011, Drilling a deep geologic test well at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3032, 4 p.



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