Top 10 of the largest rivers in the world, it is difficult to give an exact answer, because there is not a perfect measure of the length of a river. The rivers are not constant and has always been disputes about where the sources are. In fact there are still discussions about whether the Amazon is actually the longest river in the world, facing the Nile have the list below. Top 10 longest rivers in the world according to Wikipedia:
- The world’s largest river, measured by the amount of water flowing through it, is the Amazon. On average, 120,000 cubic meters (equivalent to about 20 pools) of water out of his mouth every second. It is the largest river, wide and deep the world, crosses the continent from west to east, from the peaks of the Andes in Peru to the Atlantic coast of Brazil. It has a total length of 6,800 kilometers.
2. The Nile, Africa, the second longest river in the world. This extends 6,671 km, according to the expert Zaniel Novoa, of the Lima Geographical Society, and the Polish journalist and explorer Jacek Palkiewicz, who in 1996 led an expedition multinational to the source of the Amazon.
Until 2007, the longest river in the world is considered. The Nile has two major tributaries, the White Nile and Blue Nile. The White Nile is the longest, and the source of most of the water and fertile soil. Born in the Great Lakes region of central Africa. The Blue Nile starts at Lake Tana in Ethiopia and flows into Sudan from the southeast.
3. The Yangtze River (also called Chang Jiang) is about 6380 kilometers long and is considered the third longest river in the world. It is located in the People’s Republic of China and flows from its source in Qinghai Province in the East China Sea at Shanghai.Because it is the largest river in this region it is important economically, historically and culturally.
4. The Mississippi River, about 6,300 km in length, is the fourth longest river in the world. It is the only river located in North America is among the ten largest rivers. Moreover, its name comes from an Ojibwe word meaning “Great River”. About 98.5% of this river is located within the United States, the rest is in Canada.
5. The Yenisei is considered the largest river system that flows into the Arctic Ocean and measures 5.539 kilometers, is the fifth longest river in the world.It is in Russia and is mainly in the Siberian region.This river includes several hydroelectric dams that supply an important part of the primary industry of Russia.
6. The Yellow River (also called the Huang He) is the second longest river in the People’s Republic of China, and measures 4,845 kilometers. In China it is known by two nicknames positive and negative. The positive is “the cradle of China” because it is the cradle of civilization in northern China and the negative is “China’s sorrow” because of the floods that cause a lot of damage.
7. The Ob-Irtysh River is the world’s seventh largest river. The Irtysh is a tributary of the Ob and is actually longer than the Ob. These rivers are in Siberia and together are approximately 5,410 km long. They form a major basin in Asia, encompassing most of Western Siberia and the Altay mountains.
8. Rio de la Plata is traditionally regarded as the widest river in the world. It is a funnel-shaped indentation on the southeastern coast of South America, about 290 kilometers long. The river widens 2 kilometers on the inside about 219km exactly in his mouth. It forms part of the border between Argentina and Uruguay, with major ports and capital cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the southwest and the northeast coast. The shores of the Rio de la Plata are the most populated areas of Argentina and Uruguay.
9. The Congo River (also known as Zaire River) is the second largest river in Africa and the ninth worldwide. It measures 4,700 kilometers long. It has the second flow and drainage of the world’s largest, only after the Amazon basin. The Congo has its name to the Kingdom of Kongo which inhabited the area at the mouth in ancient times.It is known as the Zaire River only because the area was known as Zaire between 1971 and 1997 and the government called Zaire river until the country became the Republic of the Congo.
10. The Amur River (Heilong Jiang also called) measures 4,444 kilometers and is also the border between the Russian Far East and northeastern China. This river flows through northeast Asia to the Strait of Tartary, which eventually flows into the Pacific Ocean. It has been called the “Black River” because it was sacred to the Manchus and the Qing dynasty and is also a symbol of Russian-Chinese relations.