Top 10 Longest Rivers of the World & Its Interesting Facts

In our life we all have experienced the serenity of river water, which completes their thousand of kilometers journey subsuming many native tributaries, passing by many terrestrial flora & fauna & delivering us the joy of life.

But Do you know the names of the top 10 Longest Rivers of the World?🤔

Today we are going to explore & identify the world’s longest river names, their origin, route, tributaries, their physical geography & some fun facts related to them. So stay with us for the article & enjoy the reading.🤓

List of Top 10 Longest Rivers of the World :-

River Name Location Length (Km) Drainage Area Drain Countries
Nile Africa 6650 32,54,555 Mediterranean Sea Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan
Amazon South America 6575 70,50,000 Atlantic Ocean Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana
Yangtze China 6300 18,00,000 South China Sea China
Mississippi USA 6275 29,80,000 Gulf Of Maxico USA, Canada
Yenisei-Angara-Selenge-Ider Russia 5539 2,580,000 Kara Sea Russia, Mongolia
Yellow China 5464 745,000 Bohai Sea China
Ob-Irtysh Russia 5410 2,990,000 Gulf of Ob Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia
Parana Uruguay 4880 2,582,672 Rio de la Plata Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay
Congo Africa 4700 3,680,000 Atlantic Ocean Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Cameroon, Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda
Amur Asia 4480 1,855,000 Sea of Okhotsk Russia, China, Mongolia
List of Top 10 Longest Rivers of the World

Definition of River

A river is a natural moving stream that flows toward an ocean or sea, a lake, or any body of water that is commonly classified as freshwater.

Today for your knowledge we are providing you the top 10 Longest Rivers of the World with their physical map, so that you can get more detailed understanding. you can also chalk out these details on Physical map, so that you can remember all this fact forever.

In selecting the world’s longest river, Majorly these two points are mainly considered:-

  • Source of the River (the origin point of the river)
  • Drainage mouth of the River (the point at which the river pours into the ocean/estuary/sea)
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In this article, we will cover every fact which is worth considering to be known as longest river’s of the world.

So First, what do you think which river will be the longest in the world?

Your guess is right Yes, It’s – The Nile River

1. The Nile River (length – 6650 Km)

The Nile River is the world’s longest river. The Nile River is estimated to be 6650 kms long.

 Top 10 Longest Rivers of the World

The river originates from Lake Victoria Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya are all countries in Africa.

The river’s path passes through Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Burundi, Sudan, and South Sudan.

Blue Niles and the White Niles are the two main tributaries of the Nile River.

2. The Amazon River – (length – 6575 Km)

When it comes to longest river of the world, the first thought comes into the mind is ‘Amazon River‘ 🤯

 Top 10 Longest Rivers of the World

But as an amazement ‘Amazon River’ is the world’s 2nd largest river of the world, with a total length of 6,436 Kms.

Although It’s origin is still a debatable topic. But once The Apurimac River was once thought to be the source of the Amazon River.

But according to a study in 2014, the Cordillera Rumi Cruz is considered to be new source for Amazon River.

3. The Yangtze River (length – 6300 Km)

The Yangtze River is the world’s 3rd longest river and the world’s longest river that which flows in China. It is also the longest River in Asia.

 Top 10 Longest Rivers of the World

The Yangtze River basin encompasses one-third of the world’s largest country, China. According to Chinese government officials, the Tuotuo tributary that flows through the Tanggula Mountains is assumed to be the river’s source.

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4. The Mississippi River (length- 6275Km)

The Mississippi River is the 4th longest river system in the world & Mississippi river, Missouri river, and Jefferson river are its contributory tributaries.

mississippi river

Mississippi river system flows through 31 states in the United States and the two provinces of Canada.

The Mississippi River is begins it’s long journey from northern Minnesota, near the the source of Lake Itasca. After that, it drain out into the Gulf of Mexico.

5. The Yenisei River (length – 5539 Km)

It is the world’s 5th longest river, as well as the largest in the Arctic circle. It’s headwater merges into Selenge River.

Yenisei River Map

The Selenge River is 992 kilometres long which drains into Lake Baikal from their Angara River rises at Listvyanka in Lake Baikal and flows south before entering the Yenisei River near Strelka in Russia’s Irkutsk Oblast, from their Yenisei river travels 970 kms North-West to completes its journey to the Arctic Ocean, in total Yenisei river travels 5,539 kms journey.

6. The Yellow River (length- 5464 Km)

The Yellow River is the 6th longest river of the world & the second longest river of china.

Yellow river is also known as ‘Huang He’ river, because of its large travel area & geographical path it carries with it loads of silt, mud & nowadays industrial waste also which turns its color into yellow-brown color.

yellow river
The Yellow River System

This river is also called “Sorrow of China” because over the centuries it is one of the major river which responsible for devastating flood in china.

Although silt which remains after flood becomes one of the most fertile soil for farmer which helps in their agriculture activity.

7. The Ob-Irtysh River (length – 5410 Km)

Ob-Irtysh popularly known as ‘Ob-River’ is world’s 7th longest river & Russia’s 2nd longest one.

ob river
Ob River Map

It is a 5,410 kms long River which originates from on the confluence of Biya river & Katun river of Altai Mountains & drains in to Kara sea of Arctic Ocean.

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Ob-River travels a long journey crossing 4 major countries which are Russia, China, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia, before reaching to the Gulf of Ob.

One of the most important fact about this river is that it runs from south to north.

8. Parana River (length- 4880 Km)

The Parana River flows through South America, is the world’s 8th longest river and second-largest rivers of south-America after ‘Amazon river.

 Top 10 Longest Rivers of the World

The name “Parana River” comes from an acronym of the Tupi phrase – para rehe onava which means “like the sea” in English.

Parana river originates on the confluence of the Paranaiba river & Rio Grande river & on its journey it merges with Paraguay river & Uruguay river to form Río de la Plata river. Before ending its journey to Atlantic Ocean Parana river have crossed three countries name as Brazil, Paraguay & Argentina.

9. Congo River (length – 4700 Km)
River Congo

The Congo River, formerly known as the “Zaire River“, is the 9th longest river of the world’s & the deepest river, with a depth of 780 feet below the surface.

It originates from East Africa Rift including Lake Tanganyika and Lake Mweru & drained into Atlantic ocean near Democratic Republic of Congo.

It travels about 4,700 kms and connects several countries, including the Republic of Congo, Angola, the Central African Republic, Tanzania, Cameroon, Burundi, Zambia, and Rwanda. The river finally reaches the Atlantic Ocean.

10. The Amur River (length- 4480 Km)

The Amur River is also known as “The Heilong Jiang” as the 10th longest river of the world & the 3rd longest river of china after Yangtze and Huang Ho (Yellow River).

The Chinese name Heilong Jiang translates to “black dragon river,” and the name Amur is assumed to come from the word “water.”

Amur River passes through China’s north-eastern area and Russia. It originates on confluence of Shilka river and Argun river and ends at the mouth of the Zeya (at the Siberian city of Blagoveshchensk)

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