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Volume: 22 (1938)

Issue: 7. (July)

First Page: 799

Last Page: 815

Title: Oil and Gas Possibilities in Atlantic Coastal Plain from New Jersey to Florida

Author(s): Olive C. Postley (2)


On account of recent interest in oil possibilities in parts of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, especially southern Georgia and Florida, this paper gives a summary of the known general geologic features of states along the Atlantic Coast from New Jersey to Florida and of wells drilled in the region to depths of 1,000 feet or more. No oil in commercial amounts has been found in the Atlantic Coastal Plain, and the aggregate thickness of the Cretaceous and Tertiary sediments in most parts of it is not sufficient to encourage the hope that oil pools will be found; in fact, wells at several places have encountered basement rocks at shallow depths. In southeastern Georgia and southern Florida, however, where only a few deep wells have been drilled, the basement rocks lie at greater epth, and the deeply buried Cretaceous and Tertiary formations are little known. Further drilling will be required to determine their character and to test their oil possibilities.

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