Top 10 Largest Rivers in the World

Largest Rivers measured by the Average Discharge of the River per Second, Drainage Area is depending on the landscapes where the river located, if the land is plain the river occupies huge area. Amazon is the Largest River in the world with Average discharge about 209,000 cubic meters per second that is too far from the second largest river in the world. Largest Rivers such as Amazon, Ganges and other huge rivers can be visible from Space.

1. Amazon River

The Amazon river from the air


Amazon is the largest river in the world, the discharge of the river is greater than the next 7 largest rivers mixed except Madeira and Rio Negro are the tributaries of the Amazon. Amazon has the largest drainage basin in the world covers area of 7,050,000 square km that holds one-fifth of the world’s total river flow. Amazon also the second longest river after Nile, But many studies says Amazon is the longest river in the world, Anyway that is under issue. The Amazon River Average discharge is about 209,000 cubic meters per second that makes it World’s largest River and Amazon outflow into Atlantic Ocean.

2. Ganges

ganges, beyond uttarkashi


Ganges is the largest river in India and second largest in the world that forms by the Ice melting and many tributary rivers joins, It Rises in Western Himalayas in India. The Average Discharge of the River is about 42,470 cubic meters per second although too far from Amazon River and the Drainage basin 1,635,000square km, it Outflows into Bay of Bengal.

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3. Congo

Le Fleuve Congo


Congo is the river in Africa and holds many records of deepest river in the world, Ninth longest river and third largest river in the world. The Congo River has Discharge volume of water is about 41,000 cubic square meters with total drainage basin 3,822,000 square km and outflows in Atlantic Ocean.

4. Orinoco

Orinoco Delta, Venezuela


The Orinoco is the fourth largest river in the world and also one of the longest rivers in South America. The rivers cover total drainage basin area of 880,000 square km with the Average discharge of 33,000 cubic meters per second and outflow into Atlantic Ocean.

5. Yangtze

Yangtze Three Gorges


Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and one of the largest in the world and discharges water about 30,166 cubic meters per second with the drainage basin about 1,940,000 square km and the river outflow into East China Sea.

6. Madiera

Madiera River


The Madiera River take birth in Bolivia and flows through Brazil, it is also the tributary of the Amazon River which outflow into Amazon River. The Average discharge of the river is 24,397 cubic meters per second and Drainage basin of water about 850,000 square km.

7. Rio Negro

Rio Negro also the tributary river of Amazon and outflow into Amazon River, it takes birth in Colombia. The average Discharge of the river is 28,000 cubic square km with Drainage Basin of 691,000 square km.
Rio Negro

8. Parana

Parana River


The River is the second longest in South America after Amazon with length of 4,880 km, the river running trough Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The Parana River has drainage basin of 2,582,600 square km with the Average Discharge of water about 25,700 cubic meters per second and it outflow in Atlantic Ocean.

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9. Brahmaputra

Brahmaputra tributaries


The Brahmaputra River starts from the region of Tibet and running through Bangladesh, India and China. The rivers 2,900 km long and has Drainage basin area of 651,000 square km with the average discharge of water 19,300 cubic meters per second, Brahmaputra outflow into Padma River.

10. Yenisei



Yenisei River is starts from Mangolia and has many tributaries and runs through many cities. The river Discharges 18,040 cubic meters of water per second and it cover the drainage basin area about 2,580,000 square km, the Yenisei outflow into Kara Sea.