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Water is the planet’s universal solvent: its extraordinary capacity to saturate, dissolve, and mingle with other molecules to catalyze essential chemical reactions makes it Earth’s most potent agent of change.
— Steven Solomon, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

The second category of [WA] is river basin-based taxonomies. [CA] compares issues of living with water, primarily within the Mekong, Mississippi and Rhine river basins. The themes compared among these three river basins serve as a framework for additional analyses more particular to other global river basins.