The Edisto Beach Science Fair
The South Carolina Department of Natural
Resources (SCDNR) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are conducting
a cooperative, multi-year study of the hydrogeologic framework
of the South Carolina Coastal Plain. One of the most important
parts of this study is the drilling of continuously cored stratigraphic
and hydrologic test holes. In the Spring of 1999, a test hole
was drilled near the coast at Edisto Beach State Park, South
Carolina. As of mid-April, 1999, the test hole had reached a
depth of 977 ft below the land surface.
The Edisto Beach drilling project is
the sixth in a series of similar SCDNR-USGS projects to be accompanied
by a public Science Fair. The use of public schools and other
public land as drill sites provides the opportunity for local
students and residents to observe, firsthand, a scientific research
effort and to gain an understanding of earth-science problems.
The Science Fair was conducted by the SCDNR and USGS on March
30, 1999. School students and faculty, and local community members,
had the opportunity to observe sediment samples, a fossil display,
other drill-site equipment, and the drill rig. Discussions of
geology and hydrology were provided by SCDNR and USGS scientists.
All photographs by Arianne Govoni, USGS