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Summary Information for Field Activity 1975-034-FA

Area of Operations: Baltimore Canyon Trough, mid-Atlantic outer continental shelf, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: December 14, 1975 to March 28, 1976

Chief scientist: Wylie Poag

   Peter Scholle, USGS

Objectives: Continental Offshore Stratigraphic Test (COST) Group, a group of 31 petroleum companies, drilled the COST No. B-2 well, the first deep stratigraphic test well, on the eastern flank of the Baltimore Canyon Trough, Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, to explore resource potential in the area. The operator was Ocean Production Company and the platform was the submersible drill rig SEDCO-J.

Type of Activity: Rotary coring;Rotary Coring

Information to be derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis; Morphology; Petroleum resource potential;

Summary: Continuous drilling 15,953 ft. beneath the sea floor. Conventional cores: 4; Sidewall cores: 822; Microfossil samples; Electronic drilling logs; Temperature/Pressure logs.

Contact: Wylie Poag (

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Publications resulting from these data

Klitgord, K.D., and Schneider, C.M.,1994, Geophysical database of the east coast of the United States northern Atlantic margin; velocity analyses: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-192, 74 p.. (Available as a PDF version). (Also available at

King, K. C.,1979, Correlation of lithologic and sonic logs from the COST No. B-2 well with seismic reflection data: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 1131, 1 sheet

Scholle, P.A., ed.,1977, Geological studies on the COST No. B-2 well, U.S. mid-Atlantic outer continental shelf area: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 750, 71 p.. (Also available at

Scholle, Peter A., Krivoy, Harold Lloyd, and Hennessy, Jacqueline L.,1978, Summary chart of geological data from the COST No. B-2 well, U.S. mid-Atlantic outer continental shelf: U.S. Geological Survey Oil and Gas Investigation Chart 79, 1 sheet

Smith, M. A., Amato, R. V., Furbush, M. A., Pert, D. M., Nelson, M. E., Hendrix, J. S., Tamm, L. C., Wood, G., Jr., and Shaw, D. R.,1976, Geological and operational summary, COST No. B-2 well, Baltimore Canyon Trough area, mid-Atlantic OCS: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-774, 79 p.. (Also available at

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