ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Major Rivers Of Asia

Updated on December 24, 2011

Rivers are an important resource for any country or a continent. They not only provide water for irrigation but also store water for the making of hydroelectricity. They are also big source of food in the form of fresh water marine life.

Any country with a proper river system is considered to be blessed by all means as they are the engine for running the countries economy and providing infrastructure resources in the form of electricity.

Asia which is the largest continent in the world is lucky to have a large amount of rivers especially in its south. There many rivers in Asia which are the major source of income in these countries.

Some of the major rivers of Asia are:

A bridge on the Amu Darya river.
A bridge on the Amu Darya river. | Source

Amu Darya

The Amu Darya River is a large river, approximately 1578 miles or 2539 km in length. The river flows from a plateau in the Pamir Mountains present in the Central Asia. From there it flows across southern Tajikistan, forms a border with Afghanistan after which it goes to North West to form borders with Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and then finally pours into the Aral Sea.

The Amu Darya River has been an important river for centuries. It was previously called Oxus and played a significant role in the culture of Persians. It also played an important role in the military campaigns of Alexander the Great.

A view of The Euphrates River
A view of The Euphrates River | Source

Euphrates

Euphrates is also another historically important and popular river of Asia. The river originates from the Caucasus Mountains of Armenia from where it flows towards southeast and travels along the West-central turkey, then towards Syria, Iraq and finally pours in the Persian Gulf.

The Euphrates is the longest river in the Middle East and is around 2235 miles in length. Historically Euphrates is also very important as by the banks of this river stood one of the greatest oldest civilizations of Babylon.

The Indus River on its journey to the Arabian Sea.
The Indus River on its journey to the Arabian Sea.
The Tigris River
The Tigris River | Source

Indus River

The Indus River is not only a major river of Asia but it is the most important river of Pakistan. The river originates near Mansarovar in Tibet and then runs through India, Pakistan and then meets the Arabian Sea.

The Indus River is around 3200 km long and has twenty tributaries. This river plays a vital role in Pakistan’s economy. The main agricultural centers of the country i.e. Punjab and Sindh use the water of this river. Apart from that it supports various industries of the country.

In past, beside the banks of Indus River, resided the ancient Indus civilization which flourished greatly because of this river

Tigris River

The Tigris river of Iraq originates from the mountains of Southern Turkey and then travels to southern part of Iraq and then it joins with the Euphrates to form Shatt al Arab which then joins the Persian Gulf. The river has many small tributaries and is 1180 miles or 1899 km in length.

The Ganges River
The Ganges River | Source

Ganges

The River Ganges or the Ganga River in Hindi is the most important river in India. The river is not only important for agricultural point of view in India but it is also a very important river from a holy point of view. The Hindus worship the river.

The river runs through Northern India and Bangladesh and is around 2510 km long. The river along with the river Yamuna forms a deltaic land which covers Bangladesh, India and the West Bengal.

The population around the river is very dense as Hindus consider the river as their god. Because of its extreme usage Ganges has become the most polluted river however Hindus still believe that by bathing in it their sins will go away. It is also one of the most historically important rivers in the world.

Yangtze River at Shanghai, China.
Yangtze River at Shanghai, China. | Source

Yangtze River

The Yangtze River is one of the largest rivers in the world and is located in China. The river it self is a combination of four great rivers of China namely: the Fu, Jialing, Qu and Wu.

The Fu, Jialing and Qu join the river from the left while the Wu joins from the right. The Yangtze River cuts along the Mountain systems. It is a very important river for China’s economy however it has also caused a lot of flooding in many parts of the country.

Sunset at Irrawaddy River
Sunset at Irrawaddy River | Source

Irrawaddy River

The Irrawaddy River which is also called the Ayeyarwady in Sanskrit (which means elephant) is the most important river of Burma. The river originates from Kachin and flows over Myanmar and Burma.

The river is the largest river in Myanmar and is 1350 miles in length. The river has always played a major role in the economy of Burma. Even in ancient times the river was a mean of agriculture and transport for the Burmese people.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)