World's Deepest Rivers

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10. The Mississippi River ~ 61 meters (200 ft)

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The Mississippi river is  a physical reality, the greatest geologic force in North America. It is some 2,300 miles (3.700 km) long and flows at an average speed of three miles per hour as it passes New Orleans. It drains waters from 31 states and two Canadian provinces, and carries an average of 436,000 tons of sediment every day of the year. It has a maximum depth of about 200 feet. What we call the Mississippi is actually the Lower Mississippi River, beginning at Cairo, Illinois, when the massive Ohio River meets the much smaller and tamer Upper Mississippi River. 

9. The Saint Lawrence River ~ 65 meters (213 ft)
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Originating at the northeastern end of Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River flows 700 miles (1.125 km) to the Atlantic Ocean - draining well over 30,000 sq mi (77.700 sq km) of the Great Lakes Basin. With an average width of two miles and a maximum depth of over 200 feet, this sole natural outlet for the Great Lakes System is the largest east-west river in North America.

8. The Hudson River ~ 66 meters (216 ft)
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The Hudson River begins in Lake Tear of the Clouds on the southwest side of Mount Marcy, New York's highest peak. The Hudson River is 315 miles (507 km) long . The deepest point is World's End near West Point which is 216 feet deep. It's widest point is at Haverstraw where it is three and one half miles wide.

7. The Yellow River ~ 80 meters (262 ft)
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The Yellow River or Huang He, formerly known as the Hwang Ho, is the second-longest river in China (after the Yangtze) and the sixth-longest in the world at the estimated length of 5,464 kilometers (3,395 mi). This river is notable for the large amount of silt it carries—1.6 billion tons annually at the point where it descends from the Loess Plateau. If it is running to the sea with sufficient volume, 1.4 billion tons are carried to the sea annually. One estimate gives 34 kilograms of silt per cubic meter as opposed to 10 for the Colorado and 1 for the Nile.
Its average discharge is said to be 2,110 cubic meters per second (32,000 for the Yangtze), with a maximum of 25,000 and minimum of 245. However, since 1972, it often runs dry before it reaches the sea. The low volume is due to increased agricultural irrigation, increased by a factor of five since 1950. Water diverted from the river as of 1999 served 140 million people and irrigated 74,000 km² (48,572 mi²) of land. The Yellow River delta totals 8,000 square kilometers (3,090 mi²). However, with the decrease in silt reaching the sea, it has been reported to be shrinking slightly each year since 1996 through erosion.

6. The Amazon River ~ 91 meters (300 ft)
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The Amazon  of South America is the second longest river in the world and by far the largest by waterflow with an average discharge greater than the next seven largest rivers combined (not including Madeira and Rio Negro, which are tributuaries of the Amazon). The Amazon, which has the largest drainage basin in the world, about 7,050,000 sq km (2,720,000 sq mi), accounts for approximately one-fifth of the world's total river flow.
5. The Mekong River ~ 100 meters (328 ft)
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The Mekong River is the longest river in the Southeast Asian region. It is 2,700 miles (or 4,350 kilometers) and flows through through China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. Only the Amazon boasts a higher level of biodiversity. Biota estimates for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) include 20,000 plant species, 430 mammals, 1,200 birds, 800 reptiles and amphibians  and an estimated 850 fish species.

4. The Zambezi River ~ 116 meters (381 ft)
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The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa, and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. The area of its basin is 1,390,000 square kilometres (540,000 sq mi), slightly less than half that of the Nile. The 3,540-kilometre-long river (2,200 mi) has its source in Zambia and flows through Angola, along the borders of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia again, and Zimbabwe, to Mozambique, where it empties into the Indian Ocean.
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The Zambezi's most spectacular feature is the beautiful Victoria Falls. Other notable falls include the Chavuma Falls at the border between Zambia and Angola, and Ngonye Falls, near Sioma in Western Zambia.

3. The Danube River ~ 178 meters (584 ft)
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The Danube is Europe's second longest river after the Volga. It is classified as an international waterway.The river originates in the Black Forest mountain range in Germany as the much smaller Brigach and Breg rivers which join at the German town of Donaueschingen. After that it is known as the Danube and flows southeastward for a distance of some 2,872 km (1,785 mi), passing through four Central and Eastern European capitals, before emptying into the Black Sea via the Danube Delta in Romania and Ukraine. The Danube flows through four capital cities, more than any river in the world.

2. The Yangtze River ~ 200 meters (656 ft)
Qutang Gorge, one of the Three Gorges on Yangtze River  photo source
The Yangtze River is the longest river in China and Asia, and the third longest river in the world. The Three Gorges section is the most important and famous section of the Yangtze River for tourism, flood protection, electricity generation and water conservation.

1. The Congo River ~ 250 meters (820 ft)
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The Congo is the world's eighth-longest river at 2,914 miles (4.690 km) long. It begins at the junction of the Lualaba and Luvua rivers, in the Altai Mountains, and flows southwest to the Atlantic Ocean. Major tributaries include the Aruwimi, kasai, and Lomami rivers. The river forms most of the border between Zaire and the Republic of Congo and drains more than 1,600,000 sq mi (4.144 000 sq km) of land. The river has a width in a range of 0.5 to 10 miles (0.8-16 km).
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The Congo discharges 43,300 cubic meters (1,460,000 cubic feet) of water into the Atlantic Ocean each second. The only river on Earth with a greater rate of discharge is the Amazon. The Congo River gets up to 90 inches of rainfall a year. It has within its banks 30 waterfalls and thousands of islands, at least 50 of which are more than 10 miles in length.
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