The earth sciences are integral to finding, developing, and conserving mineral, energy and water resources needed for society.
The earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as floods, landslides, drought, storms, and earthquakes.
The earth sciences are crucial to environmental and ecological issues ranging from water and air quality to waste disposal.
Geological factors are vital to resources and land management decisions to local, state, regional, national and global levels.
The earth sciences enrich our appreciation and understanding of the natural features in North Dakota including the Badlands, Red River Valley, Prairie Pothole Region and other unique areas.
The earth sciences contribute to our understanding of the weather, climate and soils of North Dakota.
The earth sciences contribute to our understanding of North Dakota's rich and diverse fossil resource heritage.
For these reasons, I proclaim the second full week in October as
Edward T. Schafer