Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The 25 Longest Rivers in the World and How Do We Measure these Rivers

The Longest Rivers in the World


Did you know that the longest river in the world is the Nile? Egypt's greatest river is 4,135 miles long! In fact, Africa has two of the ten longest rivers. The Congo, which flows through central Africa, is Number 8 at 2,914 miles long.
What's the second longest river? Why, the Amazon, of course! It is about 4,000 miles (3,980, really) from start to finish, winding its way through most of South America.
China lays claim to Numbers 3 and 6: The Yangtze River is 3,917 miles long, and the Huang He is 3,395. North America's longest river, the Mississippi and Missouri combination, comes in at 3,870 miles long.
How do we measure these rivers? 


Geographers calculate the distance from the source of the river to its mouth. For instance, the Ob-Irtysh River, which is Number 7 on the list, is 3,354 miles long from its source in southern Russia to its mouth in the Ob Bay, in the very cold waters off northern Russia.
Russia has three more rivers in the Top Ten. Number 5 is the Yenisie River, which flows through Siberia and is 3,440 miles long. The Amur River runs through northeast Asia and totals 2,744 miles in length. The Lena River, at Number 10, flows north through central Russia and is 2,728 miles long.              credit:Graphics courtesy of Art Today and 


NumberRiverLength in MilesWhere Found
1.Nile4,135 milesNorth/East Africa
2.Amazon3,980 milesSouth America
3.Chang Jiang (Yangtze)3,917 milesChina
4.Mississippi-Missouri3,870 milesUSA
5.Yenisey3,434 milesRussia
6.Huang He3,395 milesChina
7.Ob-Irtysh3,354 milesRussia
8.Congo2,914 milesCentral Africa
9.Amur2,744 milesNortheast Asia
10.Lena2,734 milesRussia
11.Mackenzie2,635 milesCanada
12.Mekong2,600 milesSoutheast Asia
13.Niger2,590 milesAfrica
14.Parana2,485 milesSouth America
15.Volga2,266 milesRussia
16.Shatt al-Arab-Euphrates2,236 milesAsia
17.Purus2,100 milesBrazil
18.Murray-Darling2,094 milesAustralia
19.Madeira2,013 milesBrazil
20.Yukon1,980 milesAlaska/Canada
21.Indus1,976 milesPakistan
22.Sao Francisco1,988 milesBrazil
23.Syr Darya - Naryn1,913 milesRussia
24.Salween1,901 milesChina
25.Rio Grande1,900 milesNorth America