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, Phil Bredesen, Governor of the State of Tennessee, do hereby proclaim the week of October 8 - 14, 2006 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 7th day of September, 2006.
Riley C. Darnell
Secretary of State