Our list of top 10 longest rivers in the world that currently exist in the world includes only those rivers or river systems that are more than 1,000 kilometers in length. There are several factors, including identification, the scale of measurement and the source of the information, that have been taken into consideration to make this list. River Nile had been considered the longest river for many decades but the most recent Peruvian and Brazilian studies have proved Amazon the longest river of the world. Read below the entire list.
Amur River is the tenth longest river in the world with overall estimated length of 4,444 kilometers or 2,763 miles. It is also known as Heilong Jiang River in historical Chinese documents. Amur River is also known as forming the border line between Far East Russian region and the Northeastern Chinese region. Kaluga is known as the largest fish species in this river which has around 5.6 meters length. It rises from western Manchuria, China at an elevation of 994 feet.
Congo River is at No. 9 in this list that portrays the longest rivers in the world. It is also recognized as deepest river in the world. The estimated measurement of this African river is around 4,700 kilometers (2,922 miles) in length and around 720 feet (220 meters) in depth. The volume of water discharged by Congo River makes it third largest river in the world. It flows through more than nine African countries and is main source of agriculture in these countries.
Parana River is among those few longest rivers of the world that flow in more than one country. This eighth-longest river in the world flows between Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia, but majorly it flows in Brazilian lands. The estimated length of Parana River is around 4,880 kilometers. This is the second longest river in American continent after Amazon River. Parana means “like the sea”. It empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
Ob River, which is also recognized as Obi River in several historical documents, is the seventh longest river in the world. It is also known as the major river of the western Siberia region that flows majorly in Russia but also touches some parts of the neighboring countries Mongolia and China. Siberian region holds three great rivers and Ob River is among one of these three that end into Arctic Ocean. The longest estuary of the world is the Gulf of Ob. Its overall length is 5,410 kilometers.
Yellow River is at No. 6 which is the second longest river in the most developed Asian country i.e. China. This river is also recognized with the names Hwang Ho or Huang He in local language. The estimated length of this sixth-longest river in the world is around 3,395 miles or you may say 5,464 kilometers. Yellow River originates in Qinghai Province from the Bayan Har Mountains in western China and flows through nine Chinese provinces to reach its end into the Bohai Sea.
Yenisei River is the longest and largest river in Russia that also flows through some parts of its neighboring country Mongolia. It flows for a total approximate distance of 5,539 kilometers or 3,445 miles and is also known among Russian people as Yenisey. Yenisei River is also recognized as the Arctic Ocean’s largest river system so far. The river actually rises from Mongolia and follows its path to the Kara Sea and ends in the Yenisei Gulf.
Mississippi River is the longest river system in United States (North America) that touches some part of Canada as well. It flows almost in entire America that actually rises from the northern parts of Minnesota and travels through the total 6,275 kilometers or 3,902 miles distance towards south to the Gulf of Mexico (Mississippi River Delta). It is the fourth longest river on the world map. It is also known as tenth largest river at the moment.
China is among those few countries that have several world records and one of these records is “a country with the third-longest river in the world”. Yangtze River, the third-longest river on the world map, flows for around 3,988 miles or 6,418 kilometers. It is the longest river in Asia that actually flows from Qinghai (from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau’s glaciers) to across the eastern, central and southwest China and finally enters into East China Sea.
Nile River, which has enjoyed the record of being longest river in the world, has been dropped down to second position recently in result of a few recent studies that have been admitted as authentic. The overall length of this second-longest river is around 4,130 miles or you may say 6,650 kilometers. It flows in northeastern Africa and is the prominent part of modern Egypt that attracts millions of visitors all year long. It runs through Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Sudan.
Amazon River Longest Rivers in the World
Amazon River is the No. 1 in longest rivers of the world list. The recent studies proved its length exceeds 6,800 kilometers or 4,425 miles. It flows in South America and had been considered second longest river for decades. The other record of this river is the holder of longest drainage basin in the world which is around 2,720,000 square miles (7,050,000 square kilometers) which is described as one-fifth (approximately) of the over all river flow of the world.
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