25 Longest Rivers In The World

Believe it or not, there is a ton of debate on the size of the longest rivers in the world! Rivers are essential in our world for trade, farming, and the very survival of the human race, yet measuring the length of rivers is still a game of 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. For this list, we will try to set the record straight with what the majority of scientists agree upon. Having said that, we bring you the 25 Longest Rivers In The World.


Purus River

Purus river twisting through trees from the airhttps://www.britannica.com/place/Purus-River

The Purus is a tributary of the Amazon River in South America. Its drainage basin is 63,166 km2 (24,389 sq mi), and the mean discharge is 8,400 m³/s.


Madeira River

Madeira river from a boat with large mountains and treeshttp://amazonwaters.org/basins/great-sub-basins/madeira/

The Madeira River is a major waterway in South America, approximately 3,250 km (2,020 miles) long and is also the biggest tributary of the Amazon.


Shatt al-Arab

Shatt al-Arab at sunset with mountains in the distancehttps://www.britannica.com/place/Shatt-Al-Arab

Shatt al-Arab is a river in Southwest Asia of some 200 km (120 mi) in length, formed by the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris in the town of al-Qurnah in the Basra Governorate of southern Iraq.


Volga River

Volga river from atop a hill, with trees and a bridgehttps://www.britannica.com/place/Volga-River

The Volga is the longest river in Europe, and it is also Europe’s largest river in terms of discharge and watershed. It flows through central Russia and is widely viewed as the national river of Russia.


Tocantins River

Tocantins river from the middle of the river with large tree-covered mountain in backgroundhttps://www.britannica.com/place/Tocantins-River

The Tocantins is a river in Brazil, and in the Tupi language, its name means “toucan’s beak” (Tukã for “toucan” and Ti for “beak”). It runs from south to north for about 2,640 km (1,640 mi).

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