Longest River in the world | Nile or Amazon?

January 18, 2018 Rivers

It is our utmost try to provide information about “largest rivers in the world” based on facts and from the authentic references.

By Longest River we mean, the Longest river in length while, by Largest River we mean, the Largest river in size or water influx.

Rivers are unpredictable and its measurement is debatable if which one is the largest /longest river in the world, deepest river in the world, widest river in the world and largest river in the world by volume.

The River Nile is considered as the longest river in the world. Although some other sources say Amazon River is the longest river.

According to Wikipedia, The Amazon River is the longest river in the world with the length of 6992 KM, and The River Nile with the length of 6853 Km is second in the list of longest rivers in the world.

Guinness world records say, The River Nile is the longest River in the world with the length of 6695 KM and Amazon is considered the Widest River in the world. 

The River Nile is considered the longest River in the world while Amazon is considered as the widest River in the world.

 The River Nile

Longest River in the World | Longest River in Africa

River Nile with the width 2.8 KM (2mi), depth of  8–11 m (26–36 ft) and Average 300 million cubic meters volume of water per day is the longest river in the world.

North-flowing river in northeastern Africa originates from Lake Victoria in Uganda, The river  Nile passes through 11 Countries including Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and flows into the Mediterranean Sea

The River Nile is the Primary source of water for Sudan and Egypt.

 longest river in the world


The Amazon River

The second longest River in the world | Widest River in the world | Longest River in South America | Largest River in the world by Volume 

The Amazon river with 285 billion metric tons or 285 cubic kilometers of water by volume is considered the largest river by Volume.

Amazon with maximum 100 meters (over 300 feet) deep and 14 kilometers (~9 miles) wide near its mouth at Manaus, Brazil is credited as the widest river in the world.

The Amazon River covers an area of approximately 7,050,000 sq. Km (2,722,020 sq mi) which is about 40% of South America.

The River after passing through Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

second largest river in the world


  Yangtze River

Third in world’s longest Rivers | First in the list of Longest River in Asia | Largest River in China 

Yangtze is at # 3 on the list of the largest rivers with the length of 6300 KM. The credit of Largest river in China goes to Yangtze River.

It originated from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest and flows through Yibin, Luzhou, Chongqing, Wanzhou, Yichang, Jingzhou, Yueyang, Wuhan, Jiujiang, Anqing, Tongling, Wuhu, Nanjing, Zhenjiang, Nantong, Shanghai cities of China before falling into the East China Sea at Shanghai.

 largest river in the world


Missouri River

Fourth Largest River the world | Longest River in North America 

Missouri River having length of 2,341 mi (3,767 km) originates from the Rocky Mountains of western Montana, after passing through the ten U.S. states including Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and two Canadian provinces, it meets with Mississippi River north of St. Louis, Missouri.

Missouri largest river in the US

98.5 % of its total area is covered in the United States, rest 1.5 % is covered in Canada.


 5th Largest River the world




Yellow River

Sixth Largest River the world |Second Largest River in China | Third Largest River in Asia 

Yellow River having the length of 5,464 km (3,395 mi) is at #6 on the list of Top 10 largest rivers in the world.

Yellow River Originates from the Bayan Har Mountains in Qinghai province of Western China and flows nine provinces including Qinghai, Sichuan, Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, Shandong and falls into the Bohai Sea near the city of Dongying in Shandong province.

Yellow River Fourth largest River in the world



Seventh Largest River the world



The Ob-Irtysh is the world’s seventh-longest river at 3,354 miles long. It begins at the junction of the Biya and Katun rivers, in the Altai Mountains, and flows through Siberia to the Gulf of Ob.

The river is frozen for from five to six months of the year, but transportation is high and heavy for the rest of the year, both for trade and for sightseeing.

A series of canals connects the Ob with the Yenisei River.

 Paraná–Río de la Plata | 8th Largest River in the world |

|Second largest River in South America

Paraná–Río de la Plata

Paraná–Río de la Plata

 Congo River

9th Largest River in the world | Deepest River in the world

Deepest river in the world

Deepest river in the world


 Amur River

10th Largest River in the world


Amur Rive




Let’s discuss longest Rivers of other continents and Counties


Volga River| Longest River in Europe


Volga | Longest River in Europe

Volga | Longest River in Europe









Rhine | Longest river in France









Brahmaputra | Longest River in India

Brahmaputra largest river in india



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