RIVERS are fresh water course flowing towards ocean. Mostly rivers start from lakes and after flowing through different countries fall into ocean and seas. Some rivers completely dry up before reaching the ocean because their water is used for irrigation by making canals. Rivers are part of water cycle. Many small streams and water of mountains snow and glaciers after melting fall into rivers. During rainy season large quantity of water come into rivers and some time cause heavy flood. Water from rivers are used for irrigation and transportation so rivers play important role in the economy of countries.
TOP 19 LARGEST RIVERS OF THE WORLD
Top 19 largest rivers of the world according to length and drainage basin are following:
1) RIVER NILE
The largest river of world in length is River Nile but according to drainage area it is 2nd largest. Its length is 6,650 km and drainage area is 3,400,000 km square. It is located in North Africa. It runs through 11 countries of North Africa and ends in Mediterranean Sea. The source is Lake Tana. It is used for irrigation and transportation.
2) RIVER AMAZON
River Amazon is the 2nd largest River of the world in length and first largest according to drainage area it is first largest river of the world. It is located in South America. It runs through the largest forest of the world Amazon. Its length is 6,453 km and its drainage area is 6,915,000 km square. It ends in Atlantic Ocean. Its source is Andes Mountains.
3) RIVER YANGTZE
River Yangtze is 3rd largest river of the world in length but its drainage basin is far from the first 2 largest rivers. This river is 11th largest of the world according to drainage. Its length is 6,418 km and drainage area is 1,808,500 km square. It is located in china and source is Tibetan glacier. It drain one fifth of the total irrigated china lands. It ends in East China Sea.
4) RIVER MISSISSIPPI
River Mississippi is 4th largest river of the world in length but according to drainage area it is 6th largest river of the world. Its length is 6,270 km and drainage area is 2,980,000 km square. It is located in continent of North America and run through the country of Canada. Its delta is Gulf of Mexico. Its source is Lake Itasca. It flow in mountains and plains and end in Kara Sea.
5; RIVER YENISEI; River Yenisei is 5th largest of the world in length but according to drainage area it is 7th largest of the world. It is located in Russian State of Siberia. Its length is 5,550 km and drainage area is 2,580,000 km square. Its source is Mungaragiyn. Its depth is 24 m. It end in Atlantic Ocean; its rising is in Mongolia.
5) RIVER BLUE
River blue is 6th largest of world in length and 21th largest according to drainage area. Its length is 5,464 km and drainage area is 752,000 km square. It is located in china and flow through 9 province of china. Its source is Banyan her mountains and end in Bahia Sea, It is 2nd largest in Asia.