State of New Hampshire
By His Excellency
Craig Benson, Governor
A Proclamation

OCTOBER 12-18, 2003

WHEREAS, geology and the other earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health, and welfare of New Hampshire's citizens and to the economy of the state; and

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

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

WHEREAS, while geological processes created the wild, natural beauty of New Hampshire, we recognize that these same natural processes can lead to the destruction of natural structures that we adorn, such as New Hampshire's beloved Old Man of the Mountain, and

WHEREAS, an understanding of the earth sciences is crucial to addressing 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 New Hampshire; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences contribute critical pieces to our understanding and appreciation of New Hampshire's natural heritage; and

WHEREAS, science education is enhanced in the State of New Hampshire by celebrating Earth Science Week;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CRAIG BENSON, GOVERNOR of the state of New Hampshire, so hereby proclaim October 12-18, 2003 as EARTH SCIENCE WEEK here in New Hampshire and urge all citizens to show appreciation for the contributions made by those involved in the earth sciences.

Given at the Executive Chambers in Concord, this 12 day of October, in the year of Our Lord, two thousand and three, and of the independence of the United States of America, two hundred and twenty seven.

Craig R. Benson