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Longest and Biggest Rivers


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The River Nile is the longest river in the world. It measures 6,695 kilometres from its source in Burundi, along the White Nile, to its delta on the Mediterranean Sea. Officially, the shortesr river is the D River, Oregan, USA, which is just 37 metres long.

The biggest river in the world, measured by the amount of water that flows down it, is the Amazon. On average 120,000 cubic metres (about 20 swimming pools' worth) of water flows out of its mouth every second.

The longest river of Europe is the River Volga. It flows primarily in a southerly direction through Russia into the Caspian Sea. The second longest is the Danube, flows west to east before entering the Black Sea.

The longest Rivers of the World
River Name Location Length (miles approx) Length (km approx) Drainage Area
(sq miles)
Flow at mouth
(cubic m per second)
Nile Africa 4,160 6,695 1,170,000 1,584
Amazon South America 4,000 6,400 2,270,000 180,000
Yangtze Asia (China) 3,900 6,240 698,000 35,000
Mississippi USA 3,870 6,192 1,247,000 17,545
Ob Asia (Russia) 3,459 5,534 1,154,000 12,600
Yenisei/
Angara
Asia (Russia) 3,440 5,504 996,000 19,600
Yellow River Asia (China) 3,440 5,504 290,000 1,365
Congo Africa (Zaire) 2,900 4,640 1,440,000 42,000
Amur Asia 2,800 4,480 730,000 12,500
Parana Uruguay 2,795 4,472 1,197,000 19,500
Lena Asia (Russia) 2,700 4,320 961,000 16,400
Mackenzie North America 2,640 4,224 697,000 7,500
Niger Africa 2,600 4,160 850,000 5,700
Mekong Asia 2,500 4,000 750,000 15,900
Volga Europe 2,300 3,680 533,000 8,000
Murray-Darling Australia 2,300 3,680 410,000 391
Rio-Grande USA 1,885 3,016 310,000 82

 

 
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