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What is the Longest River in the World?

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Nile or Amazon which one is the longest river in the world.

Calculating the excat length of the rivers is not easy. It is always challenging to find the true source of the rivers. Most of the times source of the rivers are located at inaccessible locations and remote places.

Moreover many rivers join together in river systems, so it is difficult to pointout where one individual river begins.

Nile is the longest river in the world

There is often debate what is the longest river in the world. The Nile River is usually considered to be the longest river in the world. The Amazon river is the second longest river in the world and is the largest river by discharge of water volume.

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Some Facts about the Nile – Longest river in the world

  • The Nile River is the longest River in the world with a length of 6650 km (4,130 mi). 
  • It is the longest river in Africa and the major river which flows in northeastern Africa.
  • Lake Victoria is the source of the Nile river. The lake itself has many feeder rivers entering it. 
  • The drainage basin of the Nile covers 3,254,555 square km (1,256,591 sq mi), about 10% of the area of Africa.
  • The Nile river flows through 11 countries TanzaniaUganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, South SudanSudan and Egypt.
  • The White Nile and the Blue Nile are the two main tributaries of the Nile river.
  • More than 95% of the Egyptian population lives within a few miles of the banks of Nile.
  • The Aswan High Dam was built in 1979 to control the yearly flooding of the river.
  • The Nile is not just important for humans only its banks are home to lots of wonderful wildlife. Different kinds of fish and birds, turtles, snakes, hippos and crocodile are found.
  • The Ancient Egyptian God of the Nile was Known as Hapi and is honored for the annual floods which brought great fertility to the land.
  • Every year in August the Wafaa Al-Nil Festival, meaning “Fidelity of the Nile”, is celebrated that remembers the ancient Egyptian veneration of the river Nile.

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