10 Largest Rivers in the world

Published on July 23, 2017

1. The Amur River

Length (km): 4,444
Drainage area (km²): 1,855,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 11,400

Amur River is one of the largest rivers in the world and the most prominent in the Federation of Russia. It is found on the border of Russia and China. It has a length of approximately 4,444 km. It has 200 tributaries, but the main ones that are on the left are; Bureya, Zeya, Amgen, and Shilka while those that are on the right are; Ergune, Huma, Songhua, and Ussuri. It is a home to numerous birds and especially the Oriental White Stalks and also the Kaluga sturgeon that capsizes fishing boats and drowns fishers. The river also has over 120 species of fish.

2. Congo River

Length (km): 4,700
Drainage area (km²): 3,680,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 41,800

Congo river is the second largest river in the world, It is also the deepest river with a depth of approximately 230 m on earth, and it was formally known as Zaire River. It is about 4,700 km long, and its drainage basin is 3,680,000 kilometers squares by the amount of water released, Its drainage basin covers an area of approximately 3,680,000 square kilometers. The river flows through the second largest rainforest in the world.

3. Parana River

Length (km): 4,880
Drainage area (km²): 2,582,672
Average discharge (m³/s): 18,000

Parana river is the third largest rivers with a drainage area of around 2,582,672 km2 and a discharge of 18,000 m3. It has a length of about 3,030 miles, and it is located in South America. Parana river originates from the language of Tupi, and it means “like the sea.” it flows through three countries namely Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. Among South American rivers, It combines with river Paraguay first and then with river Uruguay in the downstream forming the Rio de la Plata. Parana River then flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

4. Ob River

Length (km): 5,410
Drainage area (km²): 2,990,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 12,800

This river is one of the largest river in the world, It has a length of approximately 5,410 km and a 2,990,000 km drainage area with a discharge of around 12,800 m per second. It is one of the Siberian Rivers that flows into the Arctic Ocean. In Altai Krai southwest of Biysk at the confluence of rivers Biya and Katun, it forms 16 miles. It is divided into three parts depending on the nature of its network, water regime formation, and supply conditions.

5. Yellow River

Length (km): 5,464
Drainage area (km²): 745,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 2,110

It is the 5th largest rivers on earth and the second longest river in China. It has a length of approximately 5,464 km and a drainage area of 745,000 square kilometers and an average discharge of about 2,110 cubic meters per second. The headwaters lie in the kunlun Mountains that found in the province of Qinghai on the northwestern side.

 

6. Yenisei River

Length (km): 5,539
Drainage area (km²): 2,580,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 19,600

It is the 6th biggest river and the second largest in China with a length of about 5,539 kilometers and a drainage area of approximately 2,580,000 square kilometers and an average discharge of 19,600 cubic meters per second. It was given the name yellow river because of its muddy water that is ochre yellow and annually.

7. Mississippi River

Mississippi River

Length (km): 6,275
Drainage area (km²): 2,980,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 16,200

Mississippi River is the seventh largest river, and it flows in the entire United States of America, The River flows in a twisted turn slowly for 2,320 miles southwards and rises in the western Minnesota. The main tributaries are the Missouri river that is in the west and the Ohio River that is in the East. It drains into 31 states in the US and two provinces from Canada.

8. Yangtze River

Length (km): 6,300
Drainage area (km²): 1,800,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 31,900

Yangtze is the eight largest river and the largest in China, and it is a fascinating river, with a broad range of sites that attract tourists, and cultures. It is approximately 6,300 km long with a drainage area of 1,800,000 kilometer square and an average discharge of 31,900 cubic meters per second.

9. Nile River

Nile River

Length (km): 6,853
Drainage area (km²): 3,254,555
Average discharge (m³/s): 2,800

Nile River is one of the world’s  largest river with a length of 6,853 kilometers, a drainage area of approximately 3,254,555 kilometers square and an average discharge of 2,800 cubic meters per square. The river flows through the desert of Sahara, It also flows through eleven countries namely: Kenya, Sudan, Burundi, South Sudan, Congo, Eritrea, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

10. Amazon River

Length (km): 6,992
Drainage area (km²): 7,050,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 209,000

Amazon river is one of the world’s largest river with regards to its width and volume reaching a distance of almost 30 miles in some areas when it rains. The river is a home to a wide variety of fish species, trees, plants, and animals. It has a length of approximately 6,992 kilometers, a drainage area of around 7,050,000 kilometer square and an average discharge area of 209,000 cubic meters per second with its first outflow being the Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

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