coral-list Welcome Message

Jim Hendee hendee at
Wed Jun 28 05:47:02 EDT 2000

Greetings, coral-listers!

	I'm very sorry for any inconvenience that coral-list has been
inoperable for the last 10 days.  We had to upgrade the operating system
because of security concerns, and the old version of the listserver
software was not compatible with it.  Thanks to the efforts of the
original programmer who brought coral-list online, Louis Florit (who has
been helping from his new location in Silicon Valley!), coral-list is
provisionally back up and running.  I say provisionally because the
digests are not working correctly yet.  Thus, you will have to
subscribe/unsubscribe to the digests later on after we get them working

	Other problems you may experience are duplicate postings.  If this
happens, please unsubscribe yourself using the syntax described below.  

	I hope coral-list will work fine for now.  If you have problems,
please address them to jch at, but don't be surprised if
you don't get an answer back right away.  We'll be working on it for you!

	Jim Hendee
	coral-list admin

Welcome to the Coral Health and Monitoring Program List-Server! 

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	other words, you shouldn't expect others to do your
	research for you.) Please consider:

	o  Your librarian (an extremely valuable resource)
	o  The CHAMP Literature Abstracts area at the CHAMP Web site
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	primarily of researchers who devote major portions
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	We hope you enjoy the list!

	Sincerely yours,

	Jim Hendee
	Louis Florit
	Philippe Dubosq

        Ocean Chemistry Division
        Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
        National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
        4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
        Miami, FL  33149-1026

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