WHEREAS, geology and the other earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health, and welfare of the citizens and economy of Maine; and
WHEREAS, the earth sciences are integral to finding, developing, and conserving mineral, energy, and water resources needed for Maine's continuing prosperity; and
WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as the floods, landslides, droughts, coastal erosion, and earthquakes experienced from time to time in Maine; 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 made in Maine; and
WHEREAS, the earth sciences contribute critical pieces to our understanding and appreciation of, and our respect for Nature; and
WHEREAS, geological processes were profoundly responsible for the creation of our landscape from the peak Mount Katahdin to the shores of Monhegan Island,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANGUS S. KING, JR., Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim the second full week of October 2000 as
Earth Science Week
throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to mark this observance.
In testimony whereof, I have caused the Great Seal of
the State to be hereto affixed GIVEN under my hand at Augusta this twenty-second
day of August in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand.
Angus S. King, Jr.
Dan A. Gwadosky
Secretary of State