The Yangtze

Measuring some 3,915 miles (6,300 km) long, the Yangtze (also Yangtse, Yangzi, or Chang) claims third place among the world’s longest rivers. This wondrous yet formidable river originates on the southeast edge of the great steppes of central Asia. Rising almost...

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The Amazon

If ever a river were defined by extremes, surely it is the Amazon. Though its channel may be second in length to the Nile, by every other measure the Amazon is the world’s greatest river. This grandiose waterway is defined by...

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The Nile

Measuring some 4,160 miles (6,695 km) long, the Nile River is by all accounts the world’s longest river; to many, it is also the world’s most beckoning. The river begins as a tiny trickle deep in the heart of Africa, in...

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