1Yangtze River6300 km
2Yellow River5464 km
3Mekong River4909 km
4Lena River4294 km
5Irtysh River4248 km
6Brahmaputra River3969 km
7Ob River3650 km
8Indus River3610 km
9Yenisey River3487 km
10Nizhnyaya Tunguska2989 km

1. Yangtze River

The Yangtze River runs wholly through China and is the longest river in both Eurasia and Asia. It rises in the Tibetan Plateau’s Tanggula Mountains and runs 6,300 km to the East China Sea. Nearly a third of China’s people live in the river’s basin. China’s history, culture, and economics have all benefited greatly from the Yangtze. However, it struggles with issues like industrial pollution and wetland loss.

2. Yellow River

With an estimated length of 5,464 km (3,395 mi), the Yellow River, also known as Huang He, is the second-longest river in China and the sixth-longest river in the world. The Bayan Har Mountains are its source, and it flows into the Bohai Sea. The basin of the river is sometimes referred to as the cradle of ancient Chinese culture. The sediments it transports from the Loess Plateau give the river its distinctive yellow hue.

3. Mekong River

East Asia and Southeast Asia share the Mekong River as a trans-boundary river. With an estimated length of 4,909 km (3,050 mi), it is the twelfth-longest river in the whole globe and the third-longest in Asia. The river rises on the Tibetan Plateau and travels through a number of nations before emptying into the South China Sea, including China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

4. Lena River

The easternmost of the three major Siberian rivers that empty into the Arctic Ocean is the Lena River, which is found in the Russian Far East. With a length of 4,294 kilometres (2,668 mi), it is the eleventh-longest river in the world and the longest river fully within Russia. The 2,490,000 km2 (960,000 sq mi) drainage basin for the river. The river rises in the Baikal Mountains and runs through regions where most of the watershed is covered in permafrost.

5. Irtysh River

The Irtysh River is a transnational river that travels through Kazakhstan, China, and Russia. It is the main tributary of the Ob River and the longest tributary river in the world. The river runs into the Arctic Ocean from the southern slope of the Altai Mountains in northwest China. Together with the Ob River, it measures 4,248 km (2,640 mi), making it the seventh-longest river system in the world.

6. Brahmaputra River

A transnational river, the Brahmaputra flows through Bangladesh, India, and Tibet (China). It rises in Tibet near Mount Kailash in the Manasarovar Lake area and empties into the Bay of Bengal. The river is vital for agriculture and transportation in the area and is around 3,969 kilometres long.

7. Ob River

One of the largest rivers in the world is the Ob River, which is situated in western Siberia, Russia. Its combined length with the Irtysh River, 5,410 km, makes it the seventh-longest river system in the world. The Biya and Katun rivers, which have their beginnings in the Altai Mountains, come together to form the river’s source. It flows north-west before turning northward and discharging into the Arctic Ocean’s Gulf of Ob.

8. The Indus River

The Indus River spans South and Central Asia’s border with North Asia via the Himalayas. It rises at Mount Kailash in Tibet’s Manasarovar Lake area, runs through the contentious Kashmir region, then across Pakistan before emptying into the Arabian Sea close to Karachi.

9. Yenisey River

One of the world’s longest rivers, the Yenisey, traverses both Russia and Mongolia. It rises in Mongolia in Mungaragiyn-gol and empties into the Yenisey Gulf of the Kara Sea, a section of the Arctic Ocean. The Central Siberian Plateau is to the east of the river, which separates the Western Siberian Plain to the west. It measures around 3,487 kilometres in length.

10. Nizhnyaya Tunguska River

Russia’s Siberia is home to the Nizhnyaya Tunguska River, sometimes referred to as the Lower Tunguska. It passes through the Krasnoyarsk Krai and Irkutsk Oblast. The river joins the Yenisey River in Turukhansk and is a tributary to the right of it. It measures around 2,989 kilometres in length.

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