Michael O. Leavitt

Whereas, geology and the other earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health and welfare of Utahns and to the economy of Utah; and

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

Whereas, the earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as the earthquakes, floods, landslides, expansive soils and subsidence experienced from time to time in Utah; 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 Utah; and

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

Now, Therefore, I, Michael O. Leavitt, Governor of the state of Utah, do hereby declare October 13 through 19, 2002, as

Earth Science Week

in Utah, and urge all citizens to support the efforts made for a better understanding of our world.

Michael O. Leavitt