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There are several extremes in nature. While some have been explored by humans, most others remain undiscovered. It is not uncommon to hear about the deepest, longest and largest rivers in the world. But only a few people seem to know which is the widest river in the world. Every river on Earth is unique; each has a different length, depth, surface area, volume of water discharged, and even width.

Which river is the widest in the world – a whopping 7 miles at a time? let's see!

What is a river?

A river is a naturally flowing course of flowing water, usually fresh water. Often, rivers flow to oceans, seas, lakes, ponds, or even another river. There are no hard and fast rules for how large a flow of water must be classified as a river. Rivers vary in size. Small rivers are sometimes called streams, creeks, or creeks.

How many rivers are there in the world?

The answer to this question is a bit complicated. Why? Because no one really counts how many rivers there are in the world. But one thing we do know is that there are tens of thousands of rivers on Earth! In fact, There are more than 250,000 rivers in the United States alone, totaling 3.5 million miles of rivers.

Still, there are some rivers that are long and wide enough to be recognized as "major rivers"; large volumes of water (over 620 miles) flow through them every day. There are approximately 165 major rivers in the world. They have numerous tributaries that provide fresh water to billions of people in many countries. Likewise, there are thousands of smaller rivers. But as we said earlier, the exact number of large and small rivers in the world is difficult to determine. Wikipedia publishes a list of the 159 longest rivers on Earth, each with a length of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) or more.

What is the widest river in the world?

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The Amazon River is the widest river in the world.


Unlike the title "Longest River in the World," there is little controversy about the World's Widest River. Not only is the Amazon one of the longest rivers in the world, the Guinness Book of World Records currently lists it as the widest river in the world – at 11 kilometers (7 miles) at its widest point.

During the dry season, the Amazon is about 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) wide at its widest point, according to Extreme Science. During the wet season, it more than triples in width to 24.8 miles (40 kilometers). Also in terms of surface area, Amazon leads the way. It covers 42,471 square miles (110,000 square kilometers) during the dry season. This statistic balloons to about 350,000 square kilometers (135,000 square miles) during the wet season. To put it more clearly – the Amazon is about the size of Cuba in the dry season and about the size of Germany in the wet season!

How about Rio de la Plata?

Some have argued that the Rio de la Plata deserves the title of the widest river in the world. Its "estuary" is nearly 140 miles wide, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. These rivers that flow out to sea in tidal zones tend to form wide funnel-shaped mouths called estuaries – La Plata is an example of such a river. The largest estuary in the world is at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, which drains the Great Lakes into the Atlantic Ocean. The mouth of the St. Lawrence is 90 miles wide and 744 miles long, dwarfing anything the river can reach. Therefore, since estuaries are not technically rivers, they are correct not to be considered in this article.

Where does the Amazon River start and end?

The Amazon River originates from the Mantaro River in Peru and flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

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A 2014 study published in the journal Areas found that the source of the Amazon River is the source of the Mantaro River in Peru. Prior to this study, the source of the Apurimac had been considered for decades to be the furthest source of the Amazon (but this has been disputed). The Amazon River empties into the Atlantic Ocean on the northeastern coast of Brazil.

What is the longest river in the world?

The Nile was once considered the longest river in the world and the longest in Africa


There has long been a debate over which river holds the title of "longest river in the world" between these two natural giants. Amazon or Nile. The controversy stems from differing views on the source of the Amazon River. Several studies published in recent years have argued that the adjoining Pala estuary and tidal canals should add to the length of the Amazon, thus showing that it is longer than the Nile. But despite these claims, most geographers, including Guinness World Records, still agree that the Nile holds the title of longest river in the world.

At 4,160 miles (6,695 kilometers) long, the Nile is also known as the "Father of African Rivers" because it is the longest river in Africa and the world. The Nile River originates from Lake Victoria in central and eastern Africa, flows northward through 11 countries from central to northeastern Africa at a flow rate of 2,800 cubic meters per second, and flows into the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, the Amazon River is recognized as the second longest river in the world, at 6,400 kilometers (3,980 miles) in length.

What is the largest river in the world?

The Nile is the longest river in Africa and the world.

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The Amazon River is undoubtedly the most flowing river in the world. Undoubtedly, it is the largest river in terms of water flow and drainage area, averaging about 7,600,000 to 8,100,000 cubic feet per second (about 1,581 to 1,820 cubic miles per year)—larger than the next seven largest The sum of the average flows of the river (and the next seven widest rivers). The Amazon flows through several countries, including Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Guyana, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador.

Covering most of South America, the Amazon River has the largest drainage system in the world—some 350,000 square kilometers (135,135 square miles) in total. This river provides 20% of all the fresh water on Earth that discharges into the oceans.


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