A list of the top five longest rivers in the world.
1. Nile River – 4,160 miles (6,695 km)
Located in Northeast Africa, it is the world’s longest river. The river got its name from the Greek word Neilos, which means “valley”. It flows past Cairo and many more large cities. There are four major dams along the Nile River includes there Roseires Dam, Sennar Dam, Aswan High Dam, and Owen Falls Dam. Crocodiles and Fishing Eagles are very common along the Nile River.
2. Amazon River – 4,000 miles (6,437 km)
Located in South America, the Amazon carries more water that any other river. The Amazon river is also anywhere from 4 to 6 miles wide, giving it the name of the widest river in the world. It is not uncommon to see piranhas and anacondas in the Amazon River. There have been many tales of anacondas attacking fisherman, although it is rare for this species of snake to attack a human unless it feels threatened.
3. Yangzte River - 3,900 miles (6,275 km)
Located in China, the Yangzte River is the largest and the longest river in China. Approximately 350 million people live in the Yangzte River area, and for centuries, this large river has been the main source of fresh water for villages nearby. It flows west to east and through the large city of Shanghai where tourists can take boat tours up and down the river.
4. Huang He River - 3,000 miles (4,830 km)
Located in China, the Huang He River is also known as the “Yellow River” because of the large deposits of yellow silt along its banks. The second longest river in China, it flows east to the Yellow Sea. In the 1950s, dams began to be built to exploit the river’s hydroelectric energy, and continue to be successful generating renewable energy.
5. Ob-Irtysh River – 3,360 miles (5,410 km)
Located in the Mid-East, the Ob-Irtysh River is actually two rivers; the Ob and Irtysh Rivers, although scientists mainly refer to it as the Ob-Irtysh River. It is frozen from 5 to 6 months a year. During the non-frozen months, the river is crowded with tourists and trading ships.