EARTH SCIENCE WEEK
October 10-16, 2004

WHEREAS, Geology and the other earth sciences are used to plan and monitor for events which may effect the safety of Marylanders and burden the State's economy... and, the earth sciences are integral to conserving, finding, and developing water, mineral, and energy resources needed for society's continued prosperity and well-being; and

WHEREAS, The earth sciences provide a roadmap to the subtle changes which have occurred in the past and are currently transforming the landscape around us... and geology also provides recreational and educational experiences through exploration of documented and managed sites throughout our great State; and

WHEREAS, Geological factors of resources, hazards, and environments are vital to make prudent management decisions, which will incorporate the needs of Maryland citizens; and

WHEREAS, The earth sciences contribute critical knowledge to our understanding of and respect for Maryland's diverse geological resources and features.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROBERT L. EHRLICH, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND,
do hereby proclaim October 10-16, 2004 as EARTH SCIENCE WEEK in Maryland, and do commend this observance to all of our citizens.

Robert L. Erlich, Jr. (signed)
Governor