25 Longest Rivers In The World

Posted by on May 7, 2013

Measuring a river’s exact length can be a tricky business and as a result the length measurements of many rivers are only approximations. In fact, there has even been some disagreement over the years as to whether the Amazon or the Nile is the world’s longest river. These disparities are usually due to differences of opinion on where the mouth and source of the river are actually located, but for our list we will try to go with what the majority of scientists agree upon. Having said that we bring you the 25 longest rivers in the world.


Salween River

The Salween, which means “Angry River” in Chinese, is about 2,815 kilometres (1,749 mi) long, and flows from the Tibetan Plateau into the Andaman Sea in Southeast Asia.


Syr Darya

The Syr Darya, also transliterated Syrdarya or Sirdaryo, is a river in Central Asia that rises in the Tian Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan and flows for some 2,212 kilometres (1,374 mi) to the remains of the Aral Sea.


São Francisco River

The São Francisco is a river in Brazil. With a length of 2,914 kilometres (1,811 mi) it is the longest river that runs entirely in Brazilian territory, and the fourth longest in South America.


Indus River

The Indus River is a major river that flows through Pakistan. It also has courses through western Tibet (in China) and Northern India.


Yukon River

The Yukon River is a major watercourse of northwestern North America. The source of the river is located in British Columbia, Canada. The next portion lies in, and derives its name from the Yukon Territory. The lower half of the river lies in the U.S. state of Alaska. The river is 1,980 miles (3,190 km) long and empties into the Bering Sea at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.