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World's
Ten Longest Rivers

by Vaughn Aubuchon

The following list summarizes the Earth's TOP TWENTY BIGGEST Rivers, listed in order of length in miles and kilometers.

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    Ten Longest Rivers on Earth

Rank

Rivers, Ten Longest

Length
in
Miles
Length
in
Kiloms.
1

Nile                             (Africa)

4,132
6,650
2

Amazon             (S. America)

3,976
6,400
3

Yangtze                     (China)

3,917
6,300
4

Mississippi                  (U.S.)

3,902
6,275
5

Yenisei River           (Russia)

5,539
3,445
6

Yellow River             (China)

3,395
5,464
7

Ob River                   (Russia)

3,364
5,410
8

Río de la Plata (S. America)

3,030
4,880
9

Congo River             (Africa)

2,922
4,700
10

Amur River                (Asia)

2,744
4,415

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Lena Rivera             (Russia)

2,736
4,400
12

Mekong                (Viet Nam)

2,705
4,350
13

MacKenzie River  (Canada)

2,635
4,241
14

Niger River               (Africa)

2,611
4,200
15

Brahmaputra            (India)

2,391
3,848
16

Murray-Darling (Australia)

2,310
3,717
17

Tocantins                  (Brazil)

2,270
3,650
18

Volga River             (Russia)

2,266
3,645
19

Indus River          (Pakistan)

2,250
3,610
20

Shat al-Arab               (Iraq)

2,236
3,596


SOURCE:
List of 184 Rivers by Length

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Disclaimer:
I hope there are no errors.

The manner in which the longest rivers on Earth have been measured has changed over time. Many will find this confusing. I certainly have.

The principal change has been the addition of tributaries (still part of the river, right?). This page lists the MOST RECENT descriptions, that are given by Wikipedia.

Due to this change, there are discrepancies between what Wikipedia shows on their "Longest Rivers" page, and the individual pages for each river.

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