Longest Rivers in the World

10. Amur – Argun River

A bridge across the Amur River

A bridge across the Amur River

The Amur River froms the boundry between Northern China and Southern Russia. The river begins in the snow capped mountains of North-Eastern China before travelling 4,444km to reach the Sea of Okhotsk.

Pic Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Amurbridge2.jpg

9. Congo River


The Congo River is located in Central Africa and stretches around 4700km from the Congo Rainforest to the coast. The River is one of the deepest in the world with some parts of the river reaching depths over 200m.

Pic Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Congo_maluku.jpg

8. Parana River


The Parana River stretches over 4,880km through Central South America. It passes through Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

Pic Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/Puente_Rosario-Victoria_2.jpg

7. Ob River


The Ob River is over 5,410km long and stretches from Western Siberia, through Russia to the Arctic Sea. The Gulf of Ob is the largest Estuary in the world.

Pic Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/70/Ob_river.jpg

6. Yellow River


The Yellow River is China’s second biggest river at 5,464km in length. It begins in the mountains of Western China before flowing into the Bohai Sea. The rivers unique colour is from the high amounts of sediments it carries.

Pic Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ea/Hukou_Waterfall.jpg

5. Yenisei River


The Yenisei River forms in the Mountains of Mongolia and is over 5,539km long. The river drains most of central Siberia before flowing into the Yenisei Gulf, which leads into the Arctic Ocean.

Pic Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/Bank_of_Yenisei_River.jpg

4. Mississippi River


A view of the lower Mississippi in New Orleans.

The Mississippi River is the longest river in North America, stretching over 6,275km. The River begins in Northern Minnesota before wandering Southwards until it reaches the Gulf of Mexico. The River catchment area drains over 40% of the United States landmass.

Pic Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Mississippi_River_-_New_Orleans.jpg

3. Yangtze River


The Yangtze is Asia’s largest River and comes in at a huge 6,300km in length. The river originates in the glaciers of Western China before discharging into the East China Sea near Shanghai. The river drains over a fifth of China’s land mass and is one of China’s most important rivers along with the Yellow River (no.6).

Pic Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4b/Qutang_Gorge_on_Changjiang.jpg

2. Amazon River

Aerial view of the upper reaches of the Amazon River

Aerial view of the upper reaches of the Amazon River

The Amazon River is South America’s largest river at 6,400km in length. The river begins in the snow-capped peaks of the Andes Mountains before eventually flowing into the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil. The Amazon is the worlds largest drainage basin and receives water from several different countries. The Amazon has the the greatest discharge of any river by a long way and can stretch to over 40km wide in the wet season.

Pic Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d0/Aerial_view_of_the_Amazon_Rainforest.jpg

1. Nile River

The Nile flowing through Central Cairo, Egypt.

The Nile flowing through Central Cairo, Egypt.

The Nile River is the longest in the world with a length of 6,650km. The river begins near Lake Victoria in Tanzania before crossing through the desert to drain into the Mediterranean Sea. The water resources of the river are shared between eleven countries in the region.

Pic Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b2/View_from_Cairo_Tower_31march2007.jpg

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