Top 10 Largest Rivers in the World

Rivers play an important role in the completion of a natural landscape. Apart from adding to the natural beauty, rivers help maintain the water balance in areas through which they pass, providing water for various purposes such as irrigation. A number of factors such as source, identification of te mouth of the river, and the scale at which the distance between mouth and river is determined help calculate the length of a river. Taking these factors into consideration, here is a list of top 10 largest (longest) rivers in the world.

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    River Nile:

    The Nile River flows through Egypt. With a total length of 6,650 km, Nile is the longest river in the world. Apart from Egypt, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan and Sudan share the water sources of Nile. For this reason, Nile is categorised as an ‘International’ river.

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    Amazon River:

    The Amazon River flows through South America and is the second largest river in the world with a total length of 6,400 km.

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    Yangtze River:

    The Yangtze River also known as Chang Jiang is 6,418 km in length. This makes the Yangtze River third largest river in the world and first largest river in the Asian continent.

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    Mississippi River:

    The Mississippi River flows entirely through the US. Total length of the Mississippi River is 4,070 km which makes it the fourth largest river in the world.

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    Yenisei River:

    The Yenisei River is the fifth largest river in the world. Its total length is 5,539 km. Apart from being the fifth largest river in the world; The Yenisei River is Arctic Ocean’s largest river system.

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    Yellow River:

    After The Yangtze River, The Yellow River also known as Huang He, is Asia’s second largest river. It is ranked number 6, of top 10 largest rivers in the world with a total length of 5,464 km.

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    Ob River:

    Russia’s one of the most major rivers, The Ob River is ranked number 7, of top 10 largest rivers in the world with a total length of 5,410 km.

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    Parana River:

    The Parana River flows through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. With a length of 4,880 km. The Parana River is the 8th largest river in the world.

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    Congo River:

    Formerly known as Zaire River, The Congo River flows through Africa and is ranked number 9, of top 10 largest rivers in the world. Length of The Congo River is estimated to be 4,700 km.

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    Amur River:

    The Amur River, also known by the name of HeilongJiang, is 4,444 km in length which makes is the 10th largest river in the world.

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