SOME OF THE LONGEST RIVERS IN THE WORLD
Added on: 23rd May 2015
The Paraná River is a river in south Central South America, running
through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina for some 4,880 kilometres
(3,030 miles). It is second in length only to the Amazon River
among South American rivers.
The Ob River, also Obi, is a major river in western Siberia, Russia
and is the world’s seventh longest river. It is the westernmost of the
three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean (the other
two being the Yenisei River and the Lena River).
The Yellow River or Huang He, formerly spelled Hwang Ho, is the
second-longest river in China after the Yangtze and the sixth-longest
in the world at the estimated length of 5,464 kilometres (3,395 miles).
Yenisei, also written as Yenisey, is the largest river system flowing
to the Arctic Ocean. Rising in Mongolia, it follows a northerly course
to the Yenisei Gulf in the Kara Sea, draining a large part of central
Siberia, the longest stream following the
Yenisei-Angara-Selenga-Ider river system.
The Mississippi River is the chief river of the largest river system in
North America. Flowing entirely in the United States (though its drainage
basin reaches into Canada), it rises in northern Minnesota and meanders
slowly southwards for 2,530 miles (4,070 km) to the Mississippi
River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the
Mississippi’s watershed drains all or parts of 31 US states and 2
Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains.
The Yangtze River, or Chang Jiang is the longest river in Asia, and the
third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres (3,988 miles)
from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward
across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into
the East China Sea at Shanghai.
The Amazon River in South America is the second longest river in the
World and by far the largest by water flow with an average discharge
Greater than the next seven largest rivers combined.
The Nile is a major north-flowing river in north east Africa, generally
regarded as the longest river in the world. It is 6,650 km (4,130 miles)
long and runs through the ten countries of Sudan, South Sudan,
Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania,
Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Egypt.