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10 Longest Rivers In The World

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Rivers have been rightfully termed as the cradle of civilisation. They are the reason why many ancient civilizations – including the Egyptian, Indus valley and Amazonian civilisations –  thrived.

Rivers are the most common source of freshwater for drinking. Apart from that, they are also a source of irrigation for agriculture and farming. Here is a list of the longest river basins in the world.

10. Amur – Argun

Amur River

Continent Asia, Europe (Eurasia)
Location China, Russia
Length 4,444 km (2,763 miles)


9. Congo

Congo River

Continent Africa
Location Central Africa / West Africa
Length 4,700 km (2,922 miles)


8. Parana – Rio de La Plata

Parana River

Continent South America
Location Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia
Length 4,880 km (3,030 miles)


7. Ob

Ob River

Continent Asia, Europe (Eurasia)
Location Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia
Length 5,410 km (3,364 miles)


6. Huang He (Yellow River)

yellow River

Continent Asia
Location China
Length 5,464 km (3,395 miles)


5. Yenisei

Yenisei River

Continent Asia, Europe (Eurasia)
Location Russia, Mongolia
Length 5,539 km (3,445 miles)


4. Mississippi

Mississippi River

Continent North America
Location U.S.A, Canada
Length 6,275 km (3,902 miles)


3. Yangtze

Yangtze River

Continent Asia
Location China
Length 6,300 km (3,917 miles)


2. Amazon

Amazon River

Continent South America
Location Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana
Length 6,992 km (4,345 miles)


1. Nile

Nile River

Continent Africa
Location Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda
Length 6,853 km (4,258 miles)

This list contains the Longest Rivers in the World. The Amazon, however, is known to far exceed the Nile in terms of width. It contains close to 1/5 of the World’s Freshwater. It also has the largest river mouth or river delta. During the wet season it is said to occupy landmass the size of Germany.

The Nile on the other hand has braved the sands of time. It passes through the Sahara Desert, the largest non-polar desert in the world. It is truly wondrous it makes it all the way north to Egypt braving such harsh conditions.




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