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(revised 10/01/2013)

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Ground Rules for using the MSA-talk Listserv
The MSA-talk Listserv is a forum created for the community of mineral scientists to discuss topics of interest in the general areas of mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and crystallography. Before subscribing you should understand your responsibilities as a user of MSA-talk:
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