Amazing Rivers from around the World

Chang Jiang (Yangtze): The world’s deepest river, third longest and the longest in Asia. It rises in Tibet and flows east into the Yellow Sea.
The Yenisei is the second longest in northern Asia at 5540km (3440 miles), followed by the Huang He (Yellow River) at 5464km (3400 miles).

Amazing Rivers from around the World

By Mr Ghaz, September 25, 2010

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Amazing Rivers from around the World


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Africa:

Nile

Length: 6700km (4160 miles), the longest river in the world. It flows south to north into the Mediterranean. It drains one-tenth of the African continent and floods seasonally.

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The Zaire (formerly the Congo) is Africa’s second longest river at 4700km (2900 miles), followed by the Niger at 4100km (2550 miles).

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South America:

Amazon

Length: 6400km (3980 miles), the second-longest in the world and largest by volume of water. Rises in the Andes in Peru. Freshwater from the Amazon stretches 180km (110 miles) into the South Atlantic.

The Madeira, a major tributary of the Amazon, is the world’s longest tributary at 3380km (2100 miles).

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Northern Asia:

Chang Jiang (Yangtze)

Length: 6300km (3910 miles), the world’s deepest river, third longest and the longest in Asia. It rises in Tibet and flows east into the Yellow Sea.

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The Yenisei is the second longest in northern Asia at 5540km (3440 miles), followed by the Huang He (Yellow River) at 5464km (3400 miles).

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Southern Asia:

Mekong

Length: 4180km (2600 miles), the longest Asian river south of the Himalayas. Rises in central Tibet and flows south-east into the South China Sea.

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The Brahmaputra is the second-longest (2900km/1800 miles); followed by the Indus (2880km/1790 miles) and Ganges (2500km/1550 miles).

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North America:

Mississippi-Missouri-Red Rock

Length: 6000km (3700 miles), the longest river in North America and fourth longest in the world. Drains 31 US states and two Canadian provinces before entering the Gulf of Mexico, in a shape Mark Twain compared to a ‘long, pliant apple-paring’.

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Australia:

Murray-Darling

Length: 3370km (2190 miles), the longest river in Australia. It drains an area of more than 1 million km2 (386000 sq miles). Flows inland from the Great Dividing Range via Lake Alexandrina to Encounter Bay in the Indian Ocean. The Murray and the Darling join at Wentworth in Victoria.

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Eastern Europe:

Volga

Length: 3700km (2300 miles), the longest river in Europe. It flows into the Caspian Sea and its basin spreads across about 40 per cent of European Russia.

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The Danube is the second longest (2820km/1755 miles) and the only major east-flowing river in Europe. It passes through eight countries and five capital cities before flowing into the Black Sea.

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Western Europe:

Rhine

Length: 1300 km (800 miles), the longest river in Western Europe. Rises in the Swiss Alps and flows through six countries to empty into the North Sea.

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The Shannon in Ireland is the longest river in the British Isles (386km/240 miles).

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The Thames rises in the Cotswold’s and flows 338km (210 miles) via London into the North Sea.

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10 Responses to “Amazing Rivers from around the World”
  1. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On May 27, 2010 at 8:48 am

    That is a spectacular look at the world’s rivers. I have learnt such a lot.. Well done.

    Christine


  2. A.L.Smith Says...

    On May 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Beautiful collection. The pics are really nice.


  3. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On May 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Wow…spectacular images. I just knew Nile, others are new to me.


  4. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On May 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Beautiful pics and well-written! Great read! Clicked you “liked it”


  5. bestone Says...

    On May 28, 2010 at 12:49 am

    A good writing style and information is certainly useful. For all readers continue to write such excellent articles. Thank you.


  6. papaleng Says...

    On May 28, 2010 at 7:46 am

    outstanding Photos and a good article!


  7. Sidrah Ali Says...

    On May 29, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Good article. The photos are really very nice.


  8. Diane Says...

    On May 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Beautiful pictures!


  9. Joshua Miguel Says...

    On May 29, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    very informative article. tnx for the share


  10. revivor Says...

    On June 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

    great article as I love rivers!! The longest in the UK is the Severn, rising in the mountains of Wales around Plynlimon and flowing to the sea through the Bristol Channel


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