Longest Rivers In The World

List of the Longest rivers in the world, which countries are located, and their short description.

Longest Rivers In The World

Top 10 longest rivers in the world

1. Amazon River (River in South America)

The Amazon River, usually abbreviated to The Amazon, in South America is the largest river by discharge volume of water in the world and according to most authorities, the second longest in length. Amazon is the eighth-oldest river on Earth by age (200 million years).

Length: 6,992 km
Basin: 7,050,000 km2 (2,722,000 sq mi)
Source: Mantaro River
Mouth: Atlantic Ocean
Countries: Brazil, Peru, Colombia

2. Nile( River in Africa)

The Nile is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa, and is commonly regarded as the longest river in the world, though some sources claim that the Amazon River is longer.

Length: 6,853 km
Source confluence: near Khartoum
Mouth: Mediterranean Sea
Sources: Blue Nile, White Nile

3. Yangtze( River in China)

The Yangtze, which is 6380 km long, is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world. The river is the longest in the world to flow entirely within one country.

Length: 6,300 km
Basin: 1,808,500 km2 (698,266 sq mi)
Mouth: East China Sea
Source: Qinghai
Cities: Chongqing, Yibin, Luzhou, Jingzhou, Panzhihua

4. Yellow River( River in China)

The Yellow River or Huang He is the third longest river in Asia, after the Yangtze River and Yenisei River, and the sixth-longest river system in the world at the estimated length of 5,464 km.

Length: 5,464 km
Basin: 752,546 km2 (290,560 sq mi)
Source: Bayan Har Mountains
Mouths: Yellow Sea, Bohai Sea
Cities: Zhengzhou, Jinan, Kaifeng, Luoyang, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Baotou, Wuhai

5. Paraná River( River in South America)

The Paraná River is a river in south Central South America, running through Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina for some 4,880 kilometres. It is second in length only to the Amazon River among South American rivers.

Length: 4,880 km
Mouth: Río de la Plata
Basin: 2,582,672 km2 (997,175 sq mi)
Sources: Paranaíba River, Rio Grande
Cities: Salto del Guairá

6. Congo River( River in Africa)

The Congo River is the second longest river in Africa after the Nile and the second largest river in the world by discharge volume of water, and the world’s deepest river with measured depths in excess of 220 m.

Length: 4,700 km
Basin: 4,014,500 km2 (1,550,007 sq mi)
Mouth: Atlantic Ocean
Sources: Chambeshi River, Lake Tanganyika, East African Rift, Lake Mweru
Cities: Brazzaville, Kinshasa, Kisangani, Matadi

7. Mekong( River in Asia)

The Mekong is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia. It is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km, and it drains an area of 795,000 km², discharging 475 km³ of water annually.

Length: 4,350 km
Basin: 795,000 km2 (307,000 sq mi)
Source: Lasagongma Spring
Mouth: Mekong Delta
Countries: Vietnam, China, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia

8. Lena River (River in Russia)

The Lena is the easternmost of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean. It is the 11th longest river in the world and has the 9th largest catchment area. It is also the 3rd largest river in Asia.

Length: 4,294 km
Source: Baikal Mountains
Basin: 2,500,000 km2 (965,255 sq mi)
Mouths: Laptev Sea, Arctic Ocean
Cities: Yakutsk, Ust-Kut, Lensk, Olyokminsk, Kirensk, Pokrovsk

9. Irtysh River( River in Asia)

The Irtysh River is a river in Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. It is the chief tributary of the Ob River. The river’s source lies in the Mongolian Altai in Dzungaria close to the border with Mongolia.

Length: 4,248 km
Source: Altai Mountains
Mouth: Ob River
Main source: Altay Mountains
Cities: Omsk, Pavlodar, Oskemen, Semey, Aksu, Kazakhstan

10. Niger River (River in Africa)

The Niger River is the principal river of western Africa, extending about 4,180 km. Its drainage basin is 2,117,700 km² in area. Its source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea.

Length: 4,180 km
Source: Guinea Highlands
Basin: 2,117,700 km2 (817,649 sq mi)
Mouths: Gulf of Guinea, Atlantic Ocean
Cities: Niamey, Bamako, Timbuktu, Onitsha, Lokoja, Tembakounda

Source : wikipedia

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