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Longest Rivers in the World

The 10 Longest Rivers on Earth

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Longest Rivers in the World

The Gateway Arch is seen as the flooding Mississippi River runs in front of it June 25, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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This following is a list of the ten longest rivers in the world, according to the Times Atlas of the World.

1. Nile River - Africa - 4,160 miles - 6,695 km
2. Amazon River - South America - 4,049 miles - 6,516 km
3. Yangtze River - Asia - 3,964 miles - 6,380 km
4. Mississippi-Missouri River System* - North America - 3,709 miles - 5,969 km
5. Ob-Irtysh Rivers - Asia - 3,459 miles - 5,568 km
6. Yenisey-Angara-Selenga Rivers - Asia - 3,448 miles - 5550 km
7. Huang He (Yellow River) - Asia - 3,395 miles - 5,464 km
8. Congo River - Africa - 2,900 miles - 4,667 km
9. Rio de la Plata-Parana - South America - 2,796 miles - 4,500 km
10. Mekong River - Asia - 2,749 miles - 4,425 km

* The Missouri River is, hydrologically, the upstream continuation of the Mississippi River as the Missouri River carries more water than the Mississippi River at the confluence of the two rivers.

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