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 the huge area. Amazon is the Largest River in the world with the Average discharge of water about 209,000 cubic meters per second which is too far from the second largest river in the world. The Largest Rivers such as Amazon, Ganges, and other huge rivers can be visible from Space.

1. Amazon River

Amazon River

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

2. Ganges

Ganges River

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

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3. Congo

Congo River

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

4. Orinoco

Orinoco River

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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 sq km with the Average discharge of 33,000 cubic meters per second and merge into the Atlantic Ocean.

5. Yangtze

Yangtze River

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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 the East China Sea.

6. Madiera

Madiera River

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

7. Rio Negro

Rio Negro

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The 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 meters with Drainage Basin of 691,000 square km.

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8. Parana

Parana River

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The River is the second longest in South America after Amazon with the length of 4,880 km, the river running through 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 outflow into the Atlantic Ocean.

9. Brahmaputra

Brahmaputra River

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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

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