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Message from the White House

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON

October 14, 1999

Warm greetings to everyone observing Earth Science Week, sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute.

The study of earth sciences -- from geology to seismology to oceanography -- is an integral part of understanding the world we all live in. By learning the science of our planet, we can make better use of our natural resources while preserving our environment and protecting our people from natural hazards. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the dedicated geologists, geophysicists, and other earth and environmental scientists who work each day to mitigate the effects of natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, to understand global climate patterns, to create a cleaner environment, and to preserve our natural resources.

Earth Science Week is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the contributions of geoscientists and to remember the importance of earth sciences to the quality of our lives. I urge all Americans, especially our young people, to participate in the many events and activities this week designed to introduce us to the study of our planet and to the richness and diversity of the world we share.

Best wishes for a successful week.

    BILL CLINTON


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