Arabic or ,
river, the father of African rivers and the longest river in the world. It rises south of the Equator and flows northward through northeastern Africa to drain into the . It has a length of about 4,132 miles (6,650 kilometres).
Geographers long agreed that, while the Amazon might be the world’s largest river by volume, the longest was likely the Nile. In 2007, however, the BBC reported that a team of Brazilian researchers challenged that long-held belief.
What did they find out?
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Agriculture--The Basis of Civilization - The single, decisive factor that made it possible for mankind to settle in permanent communities was agriculture. After farming was developed in the Middle East in about 6500 BC, people living in tribes or family units did not have to be on the move continually searching for food or herding their animals. Rivers also provided a means of transport.
The Amazon River basin is about 4,195 miles long, covering about 2,720,000 square miles in area, including its 15,000 tributaries and subtributaries (four of which are in excess of 1,000 miles long). It is the largest river basin in the world. More Amazon facts at Smithsonian Amazonia
Follow Bruce Parry's amazing journey on the Amazon by clicking on this image (use interactive journey map, watch videos)
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The Rhine River begins at the Rheinwaldhorn Glacier in the Swiss Alps and flows north and east approximately 820 metres. This river is arguably the most important waterway in Germany and is linked by canals to other major rivers in Western Europe. Many German manufacturing and industrial cities are located along the Rhine.
The Ganges (also Ganga ) is a major river in the Indian subcontinent flowing east through the eponymous plains of northern India into Bangladesh. The 2,510 km (1,557 mi) long river begins at the Gangotri Glacier in the Indian state of Uttarakhand in the central Himalayas and drains into the Bay of Bengal through its vast delta in the Sunderbans.