West Virginia




WHEREAS, the earth sciences are fundamental to society, and energy, mineral and water resources have always played -- and continue to play -- an extremely important role in West Virginia's economy; and,

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are integral to finding, developing and conserving mineral, energy and water resources needed for society; and,

WHEREAS, the earth sciences promote public safety by preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, sinkholes and coastal erosion; and,

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are crucial to environmental and ecological issues ranging from climate change and 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 at local, state, regional, national and international levels; and,

WHEREAS, the earth sciences contribute critical information that enhances our understanding of nature;

NOW, THEREFORE, Be it Resolved that I, Cecil H. Underwood, Governor of the State of West Virginia, do hereby proclaim October 10-16, 1999 as:

Earth Science Week

in the Mountain State and encourage all citizens to recognize the importance the study of earth sciences.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of West Virginia to be affixed

DONE at the capitol, City of Charleston, State of West Virginia, this the First day of October, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety-nine and in the One Hundred Thirty-seventh day of the State.

Cecil H. Underwood