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World's longest rivers

Rivers are defined as natural flowing freshwater bodies that move from a high elevation to a lower elevation, finally draining into oceans, lakes, seas, or other rivers. It is challenging to precisely determine the world's longest river from so many long rivers located throughout the different continents of the planet.

Although most of us believe that the Nile River is the longest, some scholars have claimed that the Amazon River is the longest of all rivers. In 2009, a peer-reviewed article published in the "International Journal of Digital Earth" cleared the confusion and declared the Nile River - the longest river in the world.

This is a list of the longest rivers on Earth. It includes river systems over 1,000 kilometers (620 mi).

#rivers #geography

Details at USGS

Source: USGS, Wikipedia

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Hi Chris! Thanks for your comment. We always want to ensure that the data used for Factle is accurate.

The dataset does include the Mississippi-Missouri combination river, not just one or the other.

To quote from the source link you shared, "When compared to other world rivers, the Mississippi-Missouri River combination ranks fourth in length (3,710 miles/5,970km) following the Nile (4,160 miles/6,693km), the Amazon (4,000 miles/6,436km), and the Yangtze Rivers (3,964 miles/6,378km). At a rivers delta, the reported length may increase or decrease as deposition and erosion occurs."