Longest Canals (Artificial Rivers) in the World

Canals are man-made water channels built for different purpose including irrigation, shipping, local transportation, control flood and recently for tourism. Canals are generally designed for connecting between the rivers, lakes, cities and ocean to access easily. The cities in the ancient and middle age well connected with channels of water which makes it the easiest way of transportation at that time. The Panama Canal is not listed in the top but that connecting Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean that saves huge time, transportation expenses for ships and Panama Canal is one of the Engineering Wonders in the World. Grand Canal in China is the longest canal in the world stretched 1776 km with 24 locks.

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RankName of CanalLengthConnectionCountryLocks
1Grand Canal1,776 KmBeijing-Hebei-Shandong-Jiangsu-Zhejiang-HagzhouChina24
2Qaraqum Canal1,375 KmAmu Darya-Karakum DesertRussia 
3Saimaa Canal814 KmSaimaGulf of FinlandRussia8
4Eurasia Canal700 KmBlack Sea-Kuma Manych DepressionRussia13
5Manych Ship Canal700 kmBlack Sea-Caspian SeaRussia6
6Erie canal 584 kmAlbany-New York-BuffaloUSA36
7Grand Union Canal461 KmLondon-BirminghamEngland236
8Nara Canal364 kmSukkur Barrage-Khaipur, Sanghar-DistrictsPakistan 
9Rhone–Rhine Canal349 kmRhine-Rhone, North Sea-MediterraneanFrance 
10Marne–Rhine Canal313 KmRhine, Marne, Meuse River, Moselle River, Canal des houillères de la SarreFrance154
11Leeds and Liverpool Canal204 KmLeeds-LiverpoolEngland91
12Suez Canal193.5 KmMediterranean Sea-Red SeaEgypt0
13Gota Canal190 KmGothenburgSwedan 

Note: The ranking of longest rivers mentioned above are a collection of known longest canals, some of the unconfirmed canals are not listed in the list.

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