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Intro to Rivers Major Rivers of the World US Rivers Glossary of River Terms The Water Cycle River Printouts, Maps

Major World Rivers

African RiversRiver Extremes
The longest river in the world is the Nile River (4,157 miles long); it is located in northeastern Africa, and flows into the Mediterranean Sea. The second-longest river is the Amazon River (3,915 miles long); it is located in northeastern South America, and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The third-longest river is the Chang (Yangtse) River (3,434 miles long); it flows across south-central China and into the East China Sea.

The river with the biggest volume (the most water flowing in it) is the Amazon River.

Continent Longest River Length
Africa Nile River 4,157 miles (6,690 km) long
Antarctica none n/a
Asia Yangtze River 3,434 miles (5,530 km) long
Australia Murray-Darling River 2,310 miles (3,720 km) long
Europe Volga River 2,290 miles (3,700 km) long
North America Mississippi-Missouri River 2,540 miles (4,090 km) + 2,340 miles (3,770 km) long
South America Amazon River 3,915 miles (6,300 km) long

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Major World Rivers (in order by length)

River Flows intoLength in Miles
NileMediterranean4,157
AmazonAtlantic Ocean3,915
Chang (Yangtse)East China Sea3,434
Huang (Yellow)Gulf og Chihli, Yellow Sea2.901
Ob-IrtyshGulf of Ob3,362
AmurTatar Strait2,744
LenaLaptev Sea2,734
CongoAtlantic Ocean2,718
MekongSouth China Sea2,600
NigerGulf of Guinea2,590
YeniseyKara Sea2,543
MissouriMississippi River2,540
ParanaRio de la Plata2,485
MississippiSouthwest Pass2,340
Murray-DarlingIndian Ocean2,310
VolgaCaspian Sea2,290
PurusAmazon River2,100
MadeiraAmazon River2,013
Sao FranciscoAtlantic Ocean1,988
YukonBering Sea1,980
Rio GrandeGulf of Mexico1,900
BrahmaputraBay of Bengal1,800
IndusArabian Sea1,800
DanubeBlack Sea1,776
JapuraAmazon River1,750
EuphratesShatt al-Arab1,700
ZambeziIndian Ocean1,700
TocantinsPara River1,677
OrinocoAtantic Ocean1,600
ParaguayParana River1,584
AmuAral Sea1,578
UralCaspian Sea1,575
GangesBay of Bengal1,560
SalweenAndaman Sea1,500
ArkansasMississippi River1,460
Colorado, AZGulf of California1,450
DnieperBlack Sea1,420
NegroAmazon River1,400
SyrAral Sea1,370
IrrawaddyBay of Bengal1,337
OrangeAtlantic Ocean1,300
Red Atchafalaya River1,290
BrazosGulf of Mexico1,280
ColumbiaPacific Ocean1,240
DonSea of Azov 1,224
PeaceSlave River 1,210
XiS. China Sea1,200
TigrisShatt al-Arab 1,180
AngaraYenisey River 1,151
SonghuaAmur River1,150
SnakeColumbia River 1,040
MackenzieArctic Ocean1,025
Churchill, Man.Hudson Bay 1,000
PilcomayoParaguay River 1,000
UruguayRio de la Plata1,000
PlatteMissouri River 990
OhioMississippi 981
MagdalenaCaribbean Sea956
Pecos Rio Grande926
CanadianArkansas River906
DniesterBlack Sea877
FraserStr. of Georgia 850
Dvina, NorthWhite Sea824
RhineNorth Sea820
St. LawrenceGulf of St. Lawrence800 or 1,900
OttawaSt. Lawrence River790
ElbeNorth Sea724
GambiaAtlantic Ocean 700
WislaBay of Danzig675
TennesseeOhio River652
Dvina, WestGulf of Riga634
LoireBay of Biscay634
Tajo, TagusAtlantic Ocean626
AlbanyJames Bay 610
Back, N.W.T.Arctic Ocean605
TiszaDanube River600
MeuseNorth Sea580
OderBaltic Sea567
EbroMediterranean565
Red River of N.Lake Winnipeg545
Churchill, Que.Atlantic Ocean532
RhoneGulf of Lions505
SeineEnglish Channel496
KootenayColumbia River485
Bug, WesternWisla River481
WeserNorth Sea 454
DravaDanube River 447
SaguenaySt. Lawrence River 434
St. JohnBay of Fundy 418
NelsonHudson Bay 410
PoAdriatic Sea 405
Rio RooseveltAripuana 400
GaronneBay of Biscay357
MarneSeine River326
TiberTyrrhenian Sea252
ThamesNorth Sea236
ShannonAtlantic Ocean230
JordanDead Sea200
Rio de la PlataAtlantic Ocean150

Refs. Encyclopedia Britannica and Kammerer, J.C., May, 1990, Largest Rivers in the United States, US Geological Survey Fact Sheet, Open File Report 87-242.



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