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List of Major Rivers of the World

06-JUL-2017 16:40

    About 70% of Earth surface is covered with water and is found in rivers, lakes, streams and oceans. Here, we are giving, the list of Major Rivers of the World which is very useful for the competitive examinations like UPSC-prelims, SSC, State Services, NDA, CDS, and Railways etc.

    Rivers of world

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    Major Rivers of the World

    1. Nile

    Sources: Tributaries of Lake Victoria, Africa       

    Outflow: Mediterranean Sea   

    Approx. Length (km): 6,690            

    2. Amazon

    Sources: Glacier-fed lakes, Peru       

    Outflow: Atlantic Ocean

    Approx. Length (km): 6,296

    3. Mississippi-Missouri-Red Rock

    Sources: Source of Red Rock, Montana     

    Outflow: Gulf of Mexico

    Approx. Length (km): 5,970

    4. Chang Jiang (Yangtze)

    Source: Tibetan plateau, China

    Outflow: China Sea

    Approx. Length: 5,797 Km              

    5. Ob

    Sources: Altai Mts., Russia    

    Outflow: Gulf of Ob      

    Approx. Length (km): 5,567

    6. Huang He (Yellow)

    Sources: Eastern part of Kunlan Mts., West China       

    Outflow: Gulf of Chihli 

    Approx. Length (km): 4,667

    7. Yenisei

    Sources: Tannu-Ola Mts., western Tuva, Russia 

    Outflow: Arctic Ocean   

    Approx. Length (km): 4,506

    8. Parana

    Sources: Confluence of Paranaiba and Grande rivers   

    Outflow: Río de la Plata

    Approx. Length (km): 4,498

    9. Irtish

    Sources: Altai Mts., Russia    

    Outflow: Ob River         

    Approx. Length (km): 4,438

    10. Zaire (Congo)

    Source: Confluence of Lualab and Luapula rivers, Congo

    Outflow: Atlantic Ocean

    Approx. Length (km): 4,371

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    11. Heilong (Amur)

    Sources: Confluence of Shilka (Russia) and Argun (Manchuria) rivers

    Outflow: Tatar Strait    

    Approx. Length (km): 4,352

    12. Lena

    Sources: Baikal Mts., Russia  

    Outflow: Arctic Ocean   

    Approx. Length (km): 4,268

    13. Mackenzie

    Sources: Head of Finlay River, British Columbia, Canada     

    Outflow: Beaufort Sea (Arctic Ocean)        

    Approx. Length (km): 4,241

    14. Niger

    Sources: Guinea 

    Outflow: Gulf of Guinea

    Approx. Length (km): 4,184

    15. Mekong

    Sources: Tibetan highlands   

    Outflow: South China Sea     

    Approx. Length (km): 4,023

    16. Mississippi

    Sources: Lake Itasca, Minnesota      

    Outflow: Gulf of Mexico

    Approx. Length (km): 3,779

    17. Missouri

    Sources: Confluence of Jefferson, Gallatin, and Madison rivers, Montana

    Outflow: Mississippi River      

    Approx. Length (km): 3,726

    18. Volga

    Sources: Valdai plateau, Russia       

    Outflow: Caspian Sea   

    Approx. Length (km): 3,687

    19. Madeira

    Sources: Confluence of Beni and Maumoré rivers, Bolivia–Brazil boundary

    Outflow: Amazon River 

    Approx. Length (km): 3,238

    20. Purus

    Sources: Peruvian Andes

    Outflow: Amazon River 

    Approx. Length (km): 3,207

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    21. Sao Francisco

    Sources: Southwest Minas Gerais, Brazil  

    Outflow: Atlantic Ocean

    Approx. Length (km): 3,198

    22. Yukon

    Sources: Junction of Lewes and Pelly rivers, Yukon Territory, Canada

    Outflow: Bering Sea     

    Approx. Length (km): 3,185

    23. St. Lawrence

    Sources: Lake Ontario  

    Outflow: Gulf of St. Lawrence

    Approx. Length (km): 3,058

    24. Rio Grande

    Sources: San Juan Mts., Colorado  

    Outflow: Gulf of Mexico

    Approx. Length (km): 3,034

    25. Brahmaputra

    Sources: Himalayas      

    Outflow: Ganges River  

    Approx. Length (km): 2,897

    26. Indus

    Sources: Himalayas      

    Outflow: Arabian Sea   

    Approx. Length (km): 2,897

    27. Danube

    Sources: Black Forest, Germany      

    Outflow: Black Sea       

    Approx. Length (km): 2,842

    28. Euphrates

    Sources: Confluence of Murat Nehri and Kara Su rivers, Turkey     

    Outflow: Shatt-al-Arab 

    Approx. Length (km): 2,799

    29. Darling

    Sources: Central part of Eastern Highlands, Australia 

    Outflow: Murray River  

    Approx. Length (km): 2,739

    30. Zambezi

    Sources: 11°21'S, 24°22'E, Zambia  

    Outflow: Mozambique Channel

    Approx. Length (km): 2,736

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    31. Tocantins

    Sources: Goias, Brazil  

    Outflow: Para River      

    Approx. Length (km): 2,699

    32. Murray

    Sources: Australian Alps, New South Wales       

    Outflow: Indian Ocean 

    Approx. Length (km): 2,589

    33. Nelson

    Sources: Head of Bow River, western Alberta, Canada 

    Outflow: Hudson Bay   

    Approx. Length (km): 2,575

    34. Paraguay

    Sources: Mato Grosso, Brazil 

    Outflow: Parana River  

    Approx. Length (km): 2,549

    35. Ural

    Sources: Southern Ural Mts., Russia        

    Outflow: Caspian Sea   

    Approx. Length (km): 2,533

    36. Ganges

    Sources: Himalayas      

    Outflow: Bay of Bengal 

    Approx. Length (km): 2,506

    37. Amu Darya (Oxus)

    Sources: Nicholas Range, Pamir Mts., Turkmenistan   

    Outflow: Aral Sea

    Approx. Length (km): 2,414

    38. Japura

    Sources: Andes, Colombia      

    Outflow: Amazon River 

    Approx. Length (km): 2,414

    39. Salween

    Sources: Tibet, south of Kunlun Mts.        

    Outflow: Gulf of Martaban     

    Approx. Length (km): 2,414

    40. Arkansas

    Sources: Central Colorado     

    Outflow: Mississippi River      

    Approx. Length (km): 2,348

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    41. Colorado

    Sources: Grand County, Pennsylvania

    Outflow: Mississippi River      

    Approx. Length (km): 2,348

    42. Dnieper

    Sources: Valdai Hills, Russia 

    Outflow: Black Sea       

    Approx. Length (km): 2,284

    43. Ohio-Allegheny

    Sources: Potter County, Pennsylvania       

    Outflow: Mississippi River      

    Approx. Length (km): 2,102

    44. Irrawaddy

    Sources: Confluence of Nmai and Mali rivers, northeast Burma      

    Outflow: Bay of Bengal 

    Approx. Length (km): 2,092

    45. Orange

    Sources: Lesotho 

    Outflow: Atlantic Ocean

    Approx. Length (km): 2,092

    46. Orinoco

    Source: Serra Parima Mts., Venezuela       

    Outflow: Atlantic Ocean

    Approx. Length (km): 2,062

    47. Pilcomayo

    Sources: Andes Mts., Bolivia  

    Outflow: Paraguay River        

    Approx. Length (km): 1,999

    48. Xi Jiang (Si Kiang)

    Sources: Eastern Yunnan Province, China

    Outflow: China Sea      

    Approx. Length (km): 1,989

    49. Columbia

    Sources: Columbia Lake, British Columbia, Canada    

    Outflow: Pacific Ocean  

    Approx. Length (km): 1,983

    50. Don

    Sources: Tula, Russia   

    Outflow: Sea of Azov     

    Approx. Length (km): 1,968

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    51. Sungari

    Sources: China–North Korea boundary     

    Outflow: Amur River     

    Approx. Length (km): 1,955

    52. Saskatchewan

    Sources: Canadian Rocky Mts.        

    Outflow: Lake Winnipeg         

    Approx. Length (km): 1,939

    53. Peace

    Sources: Stikine Mts., British Columbia, Canada        

    Outflow: Great Slave River     

    Approx. Length (km): 1,923

    54. Tigris

    Sources: Taurus Mts., Turkey

    Outflow: Shatt-al-Arab 

    Approx. Length (km): 1,899

    In the above lists of the Major Rivers of the World including the source location, outflow, and approximate length which will help the reader to enhancing their general awareness.

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