WHEREAS, geology and the other earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health and welfare of the citizens of Michigan; and
WHEREAS, the earth sciences are integral to conserving, finding, and developing water, mineral, and energy resources needed for Michigan’s continuing prosperity; and
WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, sinkholes, and shoreline erosion; and
WHEREAS, the earth sciences are crucial to environmental and ecological issues ranging from water and air quality to waste disposal; and
WHEREAS, geological factors of resources, hazards, and environment are vital to land management and land use decisions in Michigan; and
WHEREAS, the earth sciences contribute directly to our understanding and appreciation of and our respect for Michigan’s natural heritage;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, John Engler, Governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby declare October 10 – 16, 1999, as EARTH SCIENCE WEEK in Michigan.
Given under my hand on this twenty-seventh day of September in the year
of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine and of the Commonwealth
one hundred and sixty-two.