The landscape we see at the surface of the Earth is a function of the interactions between internal and external processes. The earth systems approach of geology considers the planet as a whole, including rocks and rock formation, surface processes, oceans and atmospheres, and all natural resources. The study of the geologic theories about continental drift, and the observations that led to the development of plate tectonic theories show a dynamic and interactive level of the ecosystem often over-looked.
Before the dawn of modern geology in the 19th century, many people believed that Earth had been formed by catastrophes. The idea was that incredible events - huge volcanic blasts, floods, violent winds - swiftly built our planet. That theory, now discredited, is known as catastrophism. Most problems are far more accurately described by the newer theory of "uniformitarianism," which holds that Earth was made by the same forces we see today - the trickle of rain, the polishing of wind, the creep of continents - working steadily through unimaginable depths of time.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.