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Scientist from the U.S. Geological Survey are drilling a core hole at Kure Beach, N.C. This is the beginning of a statewide program to document and describe the subsurface geology of the North Carolina Coastal Plain.

The research involves drilling a 1,500-ft deep hole, analyzing underground sediment and rock, and installing a deep probe in the Earth that will monitor seismic activity. In addition, the project will be used by officials for water resource management and ground water availability. The drilling began the last week of May 2001, and has an estimated completion date of July 2001.

The project is funded by the USGS, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Division of Water Quality and Water Resources, the North Carolina Geological Survey and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.