Welcome Message (KEEP THIS!)

coral-list administrator jch at aoml.noaa.gov
Mon Sep 13 11:29:29 EDT 1999

There seem to be a lot of people lately who forgot how to subscribe and
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Welcome to the Coral Health and Monitoring List-Server!

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	Sincerely yours,

	Jim Hendee
	Louis Florit
	Philippe Dubosq

        Ocean Chemistry Division
        Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
        National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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