There are about 165 major rivers in the world. These major rivers are long and wide enough to be classified as major rivers with large volumes of water flowing through them every day. They have tributaries and provide fresh water to billions of people. There are thousands of smaller rivers, but the exact number of small and large rivers in the world is difficult to determine.Continue Reading
The major rivers of the world are the Amazon, the Nile and the Yangtze rivers. The Amazon is the largest river by volume of water and has a length of 6,516 kilometers. The Nile, at 6,695 kilometers long and the longest river in the world. The Mississippi-Missouri river system in the United States is more than 5,969 kilometer long.
Most rivers have their source in lakes, springs, wetlands and glaciers. They flow towards the sea where they empty their waters. However, there are a few inland rivers often called virgin rivers. They have their source and mouth inland. The Amu Darya and the Syr Darya are examples of inland rivers.
Rivers are the cradles of civilization. All the major civilizations such as the Mesopotamian, Indus Valley, the Egyptian and the Chinese civilizations have developed on the banks of rivers. Rivers are used as inland waterways for transportation and for producing hydroelectric power.Learn more about Bodies of Water
The country with the most rivers is Bangladesh, with around 700 rivers. The country is called "the land of the rivers" because of its extensive network of five river systems.Full Answer >
Most rivers have an upper (youthful) course, a middle (mature) course and a lower (old age) course. These stages are marked by variations in the characteristics of the river.Full Answer >
The River Rhine is one of the most well-known rivers in Europe, and it is the longest river in Germany. The river flows through six countries and originates as a thin stream in the Swiss Alps; however, as the river flows, it gathers volume and gains speed. The Rhine forms part of the border between France and Germany and is a source of drinking water for areas throughout southern Germany.Full Answer >
The three rivers in Pittsburgh are the Monongahela River, the Allegheny River and the Ohio River. The Monongahela River and Allegheny River meet in Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River, which travels 981 miles to its ending point in Cairo, Ill.Full Answer >