WHEREAS, the earth science are important to the safety, health and welfare of Hoosiers and to Indiana's economy; and
WHEREAS, the earth sciences are integral to finding, developing and conserving mineral, energy and water resources necessary for our state's continued prosperity; and
WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as droughts, floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, sinkholes and coastal 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 at local, state, regional, national, international and global levels; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate to set aside time to recognize the important role that the earth sciences play in our understanding of nature;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FRANK O'Bannon, Governor of the State of Indiana, do hereby proclaim October 8-14, 2000, as
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Indiana at the Capitol in Indianapolis on this 11th day of September, 2000.