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World’s Longest River – World’s Largest River – and World’s Deepest River

Updated on June 13, 2013

The Nile River

The world’s longest river is the Nile. At 6650 kilometres long, it’s no doubt the longest river in the world. All through the earliest civilisation of man, the Nile River has been entirely the source of water for civilization of man since the ancient times. The Nile has two main tributaries - the White Nile and Blue Nile. The White Nile starts from the Great Lakes region of East and Central Africa through Lake Victoria. The Blue Nile originates from Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The Blue Nile carries with it a lot of fertile soil from soil erosion which turns out to be very fertile for farming in Egypt. The two tributaries, Blue Nile and the White Nile, meet in Khartoum in Sudan.

The Nile River, at 6650 kilometres long, is no doubt the longest river in the world. Image credit: Wikipedia
The Nile River, at 6650 kilometres long, is no doubt the longest river in the world. Image credit: Wikipedia

Compare Nile with Mississippi – Missouri River

From Khartoum, the River Nile flow through quietly through the desert and in to Egypt where Egyptian makes use of its water by farming. Aswan (in Egypt), is one of the driest inhabited places on planet earth. People have been able to inhibit and live successful life in Aswan just because of the waters of the Nile. It is in Egypt that people have been able to make better use of the NileRiver since the ancient time. If one looks at the location of nearly all towns and popular historical sites in Egypt, they are all along the banks of the NileRiver. The Nile finally empty into Mediterranean Sea through the Nile delta.

Perhaps one may want to compare the Mississippi – Missouri River at 6275 kilometres long and Amazon River at 6400 kilometres long with Nile’s 6650 kilometres. And the world's most sacred river, river Jordan, is 251 kilometers long.

And on a serious note, River Jordan is currently one of the world's most endangered and polluted river due to differences between Israel and neighboring Arab states.

Amazon River - the worlds largest River (not longest) at a width of about 40 kilometres. Image Credit: Wikipedia
Amazon River - the worlds largest River (not longest) at a width of about 40 kilometres. Image Credit: Wikipedia

The Amazon River - World's Largest River

The Amazon River is the world’s largest River (not longest) at a width of about 40 kilometres during the rainy seasons but about 10 kilometres wide when not flooded. The lenth of the Amazon River is 6400 kilometres. The Amazon River has so much water that it account for no less than 20% of all the world’s water that flows into the oceans on its own. The depth of the Amazon River is as much as 40 metres during the rainy seasons.

From the more than 1100 tributaries, the main tributaries of the Amazon River are Maranon, Japura, Rio Negro Ucayali, Purus, Madeira, Tapajos, Xingu, Tocantins Iquitos, Manaus and Belem do Para. The main Amazon River flows mostly through Brazil and Peru but its tributaries are also to be found in Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.

Golden Dart Frog - an extremely poisonous frog on earth found in Amazon rain forest.
Golden Dart Frog - an extremely poisonous frog on earth found in Amazon rain forest.

Curious creatures at Amazon Rain Forest

There are many species of animals to be found in Amazon River. The most curious animals in Amazon are the candiru which are parasitic freshwater catfish which are known to enter the urethra of those who urinates on the Amazon River or those who bath there. Another curious creature to be found on the Amazon rain forest (around the Pacific coast of Colombia) is the Golden Dart Frog which is the most poisonous frog on earth. Its poison is used in poisoning arrows by the local people there. The largest snake, the anaconda snake is to be found in the waters of Amazon basin.

Congo River, in Africa, is the worlds deepest river. The river has depths of about 250 metres. Its length is 4700 km
Congo River, in Africa, is the worlds deepest river. The river has depths of about 250 metres. Its length is 4700 km

The Congo River - World’s Deepest River

The Congo River (read Zaire River), in Africa, is the world’s deepest river. The river has depths of about 250 metres. Its length is 4700 km. This river is very similar to Amazon River in the sense that it’s the second largest river in terms of water volume and that the river flows through the second largest rain forest in the world. The water catchments area of the Congo River basin lie in both north and south of Equator making its flow very stable as there is always at least some tributaries experiencing a rainy season at any one time.

The sources of the Congo River are in the highlands and mountains to be found in the Eastern Africa Rift Valley. The main tributaries of the Congo River include the following rivers: Inkisi River, Nzadi River, Nsele River, Bombo River, Kwa River, Fimi River, Lukenie River, Kwango River, Sankuru River, Likouala River, Sangha River, Ubangi River, Giri River, Uele River, Mbomou River, Lomami River, Luvua River, Luapula River and Chambeshi River.



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      8 years ago

      that is cool ho ammm and I am 7 my mom koolaide jernigan teach me about it and her number is 3869386

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      8 years ago

      Nice info

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      8 years ago

      It was very wonderful.And a great job. I loved it so

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for giving us information about wonderful nature.

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      8 years ago

      The Amazon river never ceases to amaze. Great hub.

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      Naser Habibullah 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the information,I need to use in my struggle life.

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      8 years ago

      Great, informative and well researched hub.

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      9 years ago

      that river is deep im at school so i cant be on it long

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      Muhammad Muqtada 

      9 years ago

      informatory website more knowledge

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      9 years ago

      :)It's the rivers:o :>thnx% ¥¤!

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      karina mendoza 

      9 years ago

      good information

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      rebecca holmes 

      9 years ago

      ok i already learned this stuf and i am only in 6th grade but i realu do need to get a life i am a straight a student...

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      poo brain 

      9 years ago

      thx for the info!!!

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      9 years ago

      Great job.

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      Tiago Marcelo 

      9 years ago

      Wow. I didn't know that the Amazon was actually the world's largest river. That was a pretty cool insight. Thanks!

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      9 years ago

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      9 years ago

      Great,I feel satisfyed and informed.

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      9 years ago from Houston TX

      Men, You really went deep seeking information on this article. Thanks a lot, it has brought my knowledge to the Worlds lagest, Deepest and Longest River.

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      9 years ago

      Very good survey article on the major rivers and their basins.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      9 years ago from UK

      Good hub, nicely compiled. Highly readable and memorable, Well done.

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      Nile river 

      9 years ago

      The Nile as been indeed the major reason why Egypt had the great ancient civilization.

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      10 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Good hub, I have heard of all of them, but never knew the details. Great info.

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      10 years ago from ,

      Interesting! Never took the time to look into any of these as you have. Thanks 4 sharing !

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      Michael Shane 

      10 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      I would love to see them all!

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      omar haji 

      10 years ago

      Thank you. for this good information

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      10 years ago from London

      I love knowing these kind of facts, I find this fascinating! I really like the way you have decided to compare all the rivers. Look forward to reading more from you!

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      10 years ago

      I love information like this as it satisfies the inner geek in me. Thanks.

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      Dan Carson 

      10 years ago

      This was interesting information to me. It would be cool if they ask a question along these lines at Quizzo tonight!

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for the information,I need to use it for class.

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      prashanth shetty 

      10 years ago

      nice information

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      Best CD Rates 

      10 years ago

      This is very informative article. I loved reading this knowledgeable content.

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      10 years ago

      good information. thanks

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      Mitch King 

      10 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

      Thanks for this interesting info. I remember most of it from school but it would be fascinating to get to travel down these rivers.

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      10 years ago

      cool thx for the info, good job

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      10 years ago

      thanks for nice info

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      10 years ago

      tanx for some great information

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      Artemus Gordon 

      10 years ago

      Nice hub! I knew which were the longest and the largest but I did not know which was the deepest.

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      11 years ago

      nice,this an excellent article.

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      Filipino girls 

      11 years ago

      nice post do you have pic of this river?

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      11 years ago

      Very good post. Never knew it can be this long

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      Druk Tshering 

      11 years ago

      very good information, Thanks and keep up the good work.

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      11 years ago from Nabon

      Nice information.

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      11 years ago

      The Amazon rainforest is the greatest wealth of the planet in the long term. But many think it is oil

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      11 years ago

      This an excellent article, and could be used for teaching. It is short and to the point. I am glad that you compared all of the rivers to be compared to at once.

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      Jerilee Wei 

      11 years ago from United States

      Very enlightening comparison of these rivers. Like Aya, I'll bookmark this one for my granddaughter who has a bit of geography combined in her world cultures history class.

    • ngureco profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      Thank you, Aya katz, for your comment. I hope your daughter will do well in Geography when the time come.

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      Aya Katz 

      11 years ago from The Ozarks

      Ngureco, thanks you for this important survey of rivers. I will recommend this site to my daughter when she is studying geography.


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