Official Memorandum

State of Texas

Office of the Governor

Texans who have tried to evade a tornado in the Red River Valley or search for underground water in the Trans-Pecos Region can appreciate the efforts of meteorologists and geologists.  Meteorologists predict and record the weather and warn us when severe storms approach our neighborhoods or when hurricanes near the Gulf Coast.  Geologists find and help manage resources such as water, oil, natural gas, coal and other minerals beneath the surface of the earth throughout the Lone Star State.  These professionals and their fellow earth scientists -- paleontologists, hydrologists, seismologists, soil scientists, and oceanographers -- improve the everyday lives of all Texans.

This year the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), which represents more than 100,000 earth scientists across the United States, celebrates its second annual national Earth Science Week October 10-16.  The Institute seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of the earth sciences and give people of all ages the opportunity to discover the connection between their lives and the earth.

The AGI hopes to encourage young people to develop an interest in careers in the earth sciences and to instill a greater respect for the earth in people of all ages. Earth science institutions across the country will be inviting students and the public to visit their facilities. Geoscientists also will visit classrooms, lead field trips and conduct other activities to emphasize the value of the earth sciences.

I encourage all Texans to appreciate the importance of earth science education in our schools and to recognize the vital contributions of earth scientists to the economic prosperity, health, and quality of life of the Lone Star State.

Therefore, I, George W. Bush, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim October 10-16, 1999,


in Texas and urge the appropriate recognition whereof.

In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this 1st day of October, 1999.

George W. Bush