interesting facts about rivers

November 7, 2009 | In: Geography Facts

The United States has 3,500,000 miles of rivers.

The Missouri River is about 2,540 miles long, making it the longest river in the United States.

The Rhine carries to the sea every day 145,980 cubic feet of mud.

The River Nile is about 6,670 km (4,160 miles) in length and is the longest river in Africa and in the world.

The Largest River in the World is the Amazon River in South America.

The Nile river flows through nine countries; Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

Yellow River in China is frequently contaminated by chemical spills, and frequent diversions and damming, which causes the Yellow to often run dry and sometimes even turn red.

The Yangtze River is the longest river in China and Asia, and the third-longest in the world, after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon.

The longest paved river in the world is the Los Angeles River! It runs for approximately 55 miles out of the San Gabriel Mountains, through 13 greater LA cities, and then into Los Angeles Harbor. Only 13 miles of the river remain in a mostly natural state; the rest of the river is lined with more concrete than any other river in the world.

Once Los Angeles’s sole water supply, the LA River has become the single largest polluter of the Southern California coast. Every spring, the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) organizes an LA River cleanup. They often collect over 30 tons of trash, shopping carts, tires, appliances, broken furniture, and other debris.

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