Top 10 Longest Rivers in the World

In this post, we have discussed the topic of the top 10 longest rivers worldwide compared to distance. 

The word “River” means a natural stream of fresh water flows on land. 

The river is a wide, ribbon-like flow of the natural stream of water body originates from a natural water source or melted ice in the form of water from Glaciers that always flows downhill and meets in the ocean or sea with the help of gravitational force.

Let us study about top 10 longest rivers in the world and their important information useful for our knowledge.

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List of Top 10 Longest Rivers in the World

RankRiverLength (km)Length (miles)Drainage area(km2)Average discharge
OutflowCountries in the drainage basin
3,254,5552,800MediterraneanEthiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, 
Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan
7,000,000209,000Atlantic OceanBrazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana
1,800,00030,166East China SeaChina
4.Mississippi6,2753,9022,980,00016,792Gulf of MexicoUnited States (98.5%), Canada (1.5%)
5.Yenisei5,5393,4452,580,00018,050Kara SeaRussia (97%), Mongolia (2.9%)
6.Huang He5,4643,395745,0002,571Bohai SeaChina
7.Ob–Irtysh5,4103,3642,990,00012,475Gulf of ObRussia, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia
8.Río de la Plata4,8803,0302,582,67222,000Río de la PlataBrazil (46.7%), Argentina (27.7%), Paraguay (13.5%), Bolivia (8.3%), Uruguay (3.8%)
9.Congo4,7002,9223,680,00041,800Atlantic OceanDemocratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, Republic
of the Congo, Tanzania, Cameroon, Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda
10.Amur4,4442,7631,855,00011,400Sea of OkhotskRussia, China, Mongolia

Information of longest rivers

River Nile:

The Nile River is the longest river in the world flows in northeastern Africa, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea and is a primary water source of Egypt. The length of this river is 6,650 Kms covers 11 countries such as Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Republic of Sudan, Egypt.

River Amazon:

The Amazon River is the second-longest river in the world, situated in South America. It is the largest one by discharge volume of water globally, representing 20% of the global riverine discharge to the ocean. Its length is 6,400 Kms and meets the Atlantic ocean.

River Yangtze:

The Yangtze River is the third-longest river in the world and the longest river in Asia, having a length of 6,300 Kms and is entirely flow only in China and meets at the East China Sea. The Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric power station in the world, is built on this river.

River Mississippi:

The length of the Mississippi River is around 6,275 Kms which is situated in the North American Continent. The flow of this river is from 32 US states and two Canadian provinces and meets to the Gulf of Mexico. This river passes through the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Lowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

River Angara:

River Angara covers a length of 5539 km, is the major river in Siberia. Its traces are through the Irkutsk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai in Russia, drains out in Lake Baikal, a tributary of Yenisey, and finally to the Kara Sea. A tiny portion of this river flows from the country of Mongolia.

Yellow River (Huang He):

The River Yellow is also the second-longest river in China which is also called “Huang He,” lengths 5,464 km, originating in the Bayan Har Mountains in Qinghai province of Western China and ends in the Bohai Sea.

River Ob (Irtysh):

The River Ob is the major river in Russia, having a length of 5,410 km is also called the Irtysh river. It is situated in western Siberia and flows from around four countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, China, and Mongolia. The river Ob meets to the Gulf of Ob, Arctic ocean. The Gulf of Ob is the world’s longest Estuary.

River Rio-de-la-Palta:

The river Rio-de-la-Plata, also called River Plate (in British English), is an estuary formed by the confluence of the Uruguay River and the Parana River at Punta Gorda of length 4,880 km. It is the widest river in the world with a maximum width of 220 km and empties in the Atlantic Ocean. It flows from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay.

River Congo (Chambeshi):

The Congo River is also called the river Zaire. The Congo-Lualaba-Chambeshi river has an overall length of 4,700 km meets at the Atlantic ocean. It is the second-longest river in Africa as well as the second-largest river in the world by discharge volume, after River Amazon. Also, river Congo is the world’s deepest river ever recorded, with a depth in excess of 220 m.

River Amur:

The River Amur has a total length of 4,444 km and meets at the Sea of Okhotsk. It flows from countries such as Russia, China, and Mongolia. This river is forming a border between the Russian Far East and Northeastern China. The largest fish species in the river Amur is the Kaluga fish, achieving a length as great as 5.6 meters. The river basin has a home to a variety of predator fishes.