Great Rivers of Planet Earth

Great Rivers of the World presented by length.

The ten longest rivers in the World. Just click on each river for more pictures and information about that river.

Nile River

The Nile River is located on the continent of Africa and is generally considered the longest river in the world at 4,135 miles. The main source of the Nile River is considered to be Lake Victoria though the lake has its own feeder rivers and streams which could also be considered the source. The Nile River ends as it flows into the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile was the heart of the Ancient Egyptian Civilization and the main reason that civilization thrived for thousands of years.

The Nile River Crocodile was a major component of Ancient Egyptian culture and way of life. While the Ancient Egyptian culture has disappeared the Nile Crocodile still lives on along the Nile River today.

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Amazon River

The Amazon River is located on the continent of South America and is considered the 2nd longest river in the world behind the Nile River at 3,980 miles though some dispute this and claim the Amazon is actually longer than the Nile. What cannot be disputed is that the Amazon is the largest river in the world by sheer volume. In fact the Amazon’s total water flow is larger than the next top 10 rivers flowing into the oceans combined and makes up 20% of the world’s total river flow.  During the wet season the Amazon can stretch up to 130 miles wide. Despite it’s great length and largely due to its great width the Amazon has no bridges which cross it.

Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana named the river in 1542 when he and his men encountered a tribe of fierce women along the river who reminded them of the Ancient Greek story about warrior women named Amazons.

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Yangtze River

The Yangtze River is the 3rd longest river in the world and the longest river in China and Asia. It is 3,917 miles long and trails only the Nile and Amazon Rivers in length. The river originates at a glacier on the Tibetan plateau and ends as it flows into the East China Sea and is China’s major inland waterway where tons of shipping flows annually. It is estimated that 350 million people live around the Yangtze River.

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8 Responses to “Great Rivers of Planet Earth”
  1. James DeVere Says...

    On March 2, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Wonderful article – it is interesting noting the rivers all lie in the Northern Hemisphere ( bar Amazon ) I wonder why?

    Great stuff . j

  2. K Kristie Says...

    On March 2, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Great article, very well presented.

  3. Jo Oliver Says...

    On March 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Great look at the worlds’ rivers.

  4. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On March 2, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Well written and your pictures are great.

  5. gary shaw Says...

    On December 26, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Hi. Does anyone know the “total” combined length of “all” the worlds rivers and tributaries that finally run into the ocean is? Thanks. Gary Shaw B App Sc (Biol). Please email me at

  6. Joe Dorish Says...

    On December 26, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Highly unlikely Gary but it’s possible some computer program has that answer.

  7. sery Says...

    On August 18, 2010 at 8:38 am

    i’m an egyptian girl and i like nile river as it is my life and really thanks for nice article!!!

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