Tennessee

STATE OF TENNESSEE

PROCLAMATION

BY THE GOVERNOR

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

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

WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, indoor radon, and sinkholes experienced in Tennessee; 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 Tennessee; and

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Don Sundquist, Governor of the State of Tennessee, do hereby proclaim the week of October 13 - 19, 2002 as,

EARTH SCIENCE WEEK

in Tennessee, and urge all citizens to join me in this worthy observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of the State of Tennessee to be affixed at Nashville on this 12th day of
September, 2002.

Don Sundquist
Governor

Riley C. Darnell
Secretary of State