From the Governor of the State of Maryland

October 10 - -16, 1999
WHEREAS, Geology and the other earth sciences are fundamental to health, safety, and welfare of Marylanders and to the economy of Maryland... and, the earth sciences are integral to conserving, finding, and developing water, mineral, and energy resources needed for society's continued prosperity and well-being; and

WHEREAS, The earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, drought, and shoreline erosion... and, the earth sciences are crucial to environmental and ecological issues ranging from water and air quality to waste disposal; and

WHEREAS, Geologic factors of resources, hazards, and environments are vital to land management and land use decisions in Maryland; and

WHEREAS, The earth sciences contribute critical pieces to our understanding of, and respect for, Maryland's heritage and natural systems.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Parris N. Glendening, Governor of the State of Maryland, do hereby proclaim October 10-16, 1999 as Earth Science Week in Maryland, and do commend this observance to all of our citizens.

Given under My Hand and the Great Seal of the State of Maryland this 10th day of October One Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety-nine.

Parris N. Glendening
John Willis
Secretary of State