We would like to sincerely thank the crew and laboratory staff on the JOIDES Resolution for doing a great job under very difficult circumstances. Further, invaluable help with the laboratory measurements and analysis has been provided by the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (Gunnar Vik), the Norwegian Geological Survey (Trond Torsvik), and the University of Oslo (Berit Løken Berg, Muhammad Amir Iqbal, and Per Aagaard). Reviews from H.C. Larsen, G.I. Iturrino, R. Wilkens, and O. Eldholm were greatly appreciated. This study has been financed by the Norwegian Research Council under the PROPETRO program and by Statoil.