Governor's Proclamation

IMAGINE LIFE in a world without minerals, a world without computers, cars, telephones, planes, buildings, and yes -- even food.  From silicon in microchips to mineral based construction materials, our daily lives depend on the rock and mineral resources of the earth.

GEOLOGY can be divided according to field specialization, like economic, coal ,sedimentary, petroleum, and environmental.  Parts of geology are disciplines in themselves, such as mineralogy, volcanology, stratigraphy, and planetary.  Earth science also includes geophysics, oceanography, most atmospheric sciences (e.g. meteorology and climatology), hydrology (that study of surface and ground water), and physical geology.

WHAT IS THE MASS OF THE EARTH?  What is pumice, and what is its connection with blue jeans?  What's the difference between cement and concrete?  When is a volcano extinct?  Where is the rock that once filled the Grand Canyon?  What is oil shale?  Geology and the other earth sciences have the answers.

GEOLOGY AND THE OTHER EARTH SCIENCES are fundamental to the safety, health, and welfare of Wyoming's citizens and economy.  They are integral to finding, developing, and conserving mineral, energy, and water resources needed for Wyoming's continued prosperity.

WYOMING DOES EXPERIENCE, from time to time, natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, expansive soils, and substance, and the earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigation these occurrences.  The earth sciences are crucial to environmental and ecological issues ranging from water and air quality to waste disposal.  Geological factors or resource, hazards, and environment are vital to land use decisions made in Wyoming.

THE EARTH SCIENCES CONTRIBUTE directly to our understanding, appreciation of, and our respect for nature.

FOR THESE SIGNIFICANT REASONS, I, JIM GERINGER, Governor of the State of Wyoming, do hereby proclaim October 8-14, 2000, to be 

"Earth Science Week"

in Wyoming.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Executive Seal of the Office of the Governor to be affixed this 4th day of October, 2000.

Jim Geringer