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. 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. World rivers map quiz game there are many rivers in the world but none quite as impressive as the amazon not only is it the worlds longest river it has the largest drainage area and the fastest discharge rate even the congo has an 80 slower discharge rate the amazon it still has the highest such rate in the world in terms of length the nile is not far behind the amazon flowing
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