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.
Formerly known as Zaire, the Congo River is the world’s deepest river and the world’s second largest river by volume discharged. It has an overall length of 2,920 miles and it flows through the Congo rainforest where it sustains a huge ecosystem along the way. And because we mentioned volume, we should point out that the Congo River has a drainage basin of more than 4 million square miles.