The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program''s (IODP) Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB) is a growing online collection of data in support of 65 active proposals for drilling targets in many of the major ocean basins. Initially developed to support the international review of drilling proposals, access to the collection will be opened to the public for further research, publication and education. In addition, since drilling does not always go according to even the best of plans, the authoritative versions of all the data for a site can be of great value on board the vessel when a decision needs to be made in real time.

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