Paul E. Patton
of the 

To All To Whom These Presents Shall Come:

WHEREAS, geology and other earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health, and welfare of Kentuckians and to the economy of Kentucky; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are integral to finding, developing and conserving mineral, energy, and water resources necessary for Kentucky's continuing prosperity; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, droughts, erosion, and subsidence experienced from time to time in Kentucky; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are crucial to environmental and ecological issues ranging from water and air quality to waste disposal; and

WHEREAS, the geological factors of resources, hazards, and environment are vital to land management and land use decisions made in Kentucky; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences contribute critical pieces to our understanding and appreciation of, and out respect for, nature;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL E. PATTON, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, do hereby proclaim the second full week of October 2000 as:

Earth Science Week

in Kentucky.

DONE AT THE CAPITOL, in the City of Frankfort, this the 31st day of August, in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand and in the 209th year of the Commonwealth.

Paul E. Patton
John Y. Brown
Secretary of State