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This paper links extensive hydrogeologic investigations on the Atlantic coastal plain of the United States with geologic and oceanographic studies related to oil exploration on the Atlantic continental margin. Changing sea level caused by ice accumulation during the Pleistocene glacial epoch greatly influenced the recharge, storage, and movement of fresh ground water along the entire reach of the Atlantic seaboard. In the south, artesian aquifers of relatively high permeability convey fresh ground water seaward in coastal plain sediments more or less in hydrodynamic equilibrium with the present level of the sea. In the north, low permeability confining beds and...

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