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Top 5 Largest Rivers in the world


Rivers play an important role in keeping the world together and we cannot under-estimate their importance. In the olden days, most people settled and formed their clan along a river bank. Rivers have been used as a strategic weapon in the past during the time of war, they have seen the rise and fall of so many nations but yet, they remain. Rivers are homes to many creatures that their size are quite unimaginable. Here are the top five largest rivers on earth by rank regarding the length, drainage area, and their average discharge.

5. Yenisei River

Length (km): 5,539
Drainage area (km²): 2,580,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 19,600


This river has a length of about 5,539 kilometers and a drainage area of approximately 2,580,000 square kilometers and an average discharge of 19,600 cubic meters per second. The river carries approximately 1.6 million tons of silt that is very fertile and supports half of China’s cotton and wheat.

4. Mississippi River

Length (km): 6,275
Drainage area (km²): 2,980,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 16,200

This river flows all through the entire USA.The main tributaries are the Missouri river that is in the west and the Ohio River that is in the East. It drains into 31 states in the US and two provinces from Canada. This river is also regarded as one of the most active waterways on the planet.


3. Yangtze River

Length (km): 6,300
Drainage area (km²): 1,800,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 31,900

This river is very large and is located in China. It is approximately 6,300 km long with a drainage area of 1,800,000 kilometer square and an average discharge of 31,900 cubic meters per second. This rive drains into the East China sea.Yangtze originates from Tanggula and in western China in a province called Qinghai and passes through eleven other areas namely; Shanghai, Chongqing, Yunnan, Hunan, Tibet, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Hubei, Qinghai, and Anhui. It drains into the East China Sea.


2. Nile River

Length (km): 6,853
Drainage area (km²): 3,254,555
Average discharge (m³/s): 2,800

The river Nile has a length of 6,853 kilometers, a drainage area of approximately 3,254,555 kilometers square and an average discharge of 2,800 cubic meters per square. This river flows through the Sahara desert into the  Mediterranean Sea. Main settlements around this river are Luxor, Khartoum, Cairo, and Aswan.  This river has held the record for the world's longest river for a long time before other conflicting sources cite a 2007 study that gave the title to the Amazon River in South America.

1. Amazon River

Length (km): 6,992
Drainage area (km²): 7,050,000
Average discharge (m³/s): 209,000





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