The length may depend on whether the center or the edge of the river is measured it may not be clear how to measure the length through a lake seasonal and annual changes may alter both rivers and lakes other factors that can change the length of a river include cycles of erosion and flooding dams levees and channelization. The following table lists the principal rivers of the world including the name source location outflow and approximate length the nile is the worlds longest river stretching 6690 kilometers see rivers of the united states for other us rivers . This is a comprehensive list of lists of rivers organized primarily by continent and country. List of famous rivers names of world by length major rivers in the world by continent distance and important rivers in the world a z alphabetical order. The mekong river is the 12th longest river in the world with an estimated length of 4350 km 2703 miles from the tibetan plateau this river runs through chinas yunnan province burma laos thailand cambodia and vietnamthe river is difficult to navigate due to the extreme seasonal variations in flow and the presence of rapids and waterfalls
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