North Carolina

EARTH SCIENCE WEEK 2004
BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
A PROCLAMATION

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

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are integral to finding, developing and conserving the mineral, energy and water resources needed for the continuing prosperity of North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are essential in mapping floodplains and guiding development, avoiding landslides and therefore planning for road and building construction, identifying potential earthquake hazards, uncovering the locations of mineral deposits used in raw materials for housing components and other basics of everyday life, and finding the best locations for waste disposal facilities; and

WHEREAS, North Carolina has many earth science programs of great benefit to the public, such as the unique partnership between government and industry that led to the enactment of an earth science/environmental course required for graduation from high school, establishment of the nation's first "Talking Rocks Trail," earth science teacher training, and a nurturing and productive relationship between the earth sciences and other environmental education programs for all age levels; and

WHEREAS, the efforts of state government and local governments to involve earth sciences in their land use and land management decisions deserve the full support and encouragement of the people of North Carolina;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICHAEL F. EASLEY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 10-16, 2004, as "EARTH SCIENCE WEEK" in North Carolina, and urge our citizens to commend this observance.

MICHAEL F. EASLEY

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-second day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.