What Is the Longest River in the World?

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The longest river in the world is the Nile River. It stretches from near the equator in Eastern Africa and flows north for 4,100 miles before draining into the Mediterranean sea.

The Nile River has a long and rich history and has been an abundant source for this region for thousands of years. Despite being the longest river in the world, the Nile carries a small amount of water compared to other large rivers, such as the Amazon. This is because the Nile loses a large amount of water due to evaporation as it flows through the harsh Sahara Desert, and then it empties into the sea without converging with any other major source of water.