Water and Ice

Rivers and Lakes

What is the longest river in the world?

Egypt’s famous Nile River is the longest in the world. It is more than 4,100 miles (6,597 kilometers) long from its sources in the Ethiopian Highlands (the source of the portion of the Nile called the Blue Nile) and Lake Victoria (the source of the White Nile). The Nile Valley is the center of contemporary and ancient Egyptian civilization. Following the Nile in length are the Amazon (in Brazil), the Missouri-Mississippi (United States), the Chang or Yangtze (China), the Huang or Yellow (China), and the Ob (Russia).


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