From a geological point of view, rivers have been instrumental in shaping our world throughout the ages as most ancient civilizations settled along their course, building towns and trade centers that would over time, lead to the creation countries and empires. They are also responsible for shaping the landscape considerably, giving way to canyons and hills while springing entire ecosystems to life.
Although they are all vital to maintaining the health of these ecosystems, some rivers are much longer than others. Let us then find out what are the ten longest rivers in the world and where we can find them.
The Amur River flows east forming the border between Russia and China while arching to the southeast for about 250 miles, passing quite a few small towns along the way. Overall, the Amur River river is 2,763 miles long, the 10th largest on the planet. This river begins its journey in the hills of Western Manchuria where two major affluents, Shilka River and Eugene River meet at an elevation of 994 feet.