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Summary Information for Field Activity 1978-040-FA

Area of Operations: New Jersey outer continental slope, Baltimore Canyon Trough, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: October 09, 1978 to January 25, 1979

Chief scientist: Wylie Poag

   William Patterson

Objectives: Resource exploration well drilled by a consortium of oil companies on the New Jersey offshore continental slope. Continental Offshore Stratigraphic Test No. B-3 well (COST B-3) was drilled by the BEN OCEAN LANCER, a dynamically positioned drill ship operated by Chevron USA. Lease block would be made available upon completion of well.

Type of Activity: Well drilling;well drilling

Information to be derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis; Morphology; Resource exploration potential;

Summary: COST No. B-3 well: 3,990 m (13,092 ft.) below sea floor (total depth 4,822 m, 15,820 ft. below Kelly Bushing). Conventional cores: 4; Sidewall cores: 689; Geophysical surveys: 3; Seismic velocity surveys: 3.

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

Amato, Roger V., and Simonis, Edvardas K., eds.,1979, Geological and operational summary, COST No. B-3 well, Baltimore Canyon Trough area, Mid-Atlantic OCS: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 79-1159, 118 p.. (Also available at

Scholle, Peter A., ed.,1980, Geological studies of the COST No. B-3 Well, United States Mid-Atlantic continental slope area: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 833, 132 p.. (Also available at

Scholle, Peter A., Schwab, Kim A., and Krivoy, Harold Lloyd,1981, Summary chart of geological data from the COST No. B-3 well, U.S. Mid-Atlantic continental slope: U.S. Geological Survey Oil and Gas Investigation Chart 106, 1 sheet

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