Go With The Flow!
Go With The Flow!
In his poem "To The River", 19th Century American writer, editor, and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe wrote:
Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow
Of crystal, wandering water,
Thou art an emblem of the glow
Of beauty- the unhidden heart-
The playful maziness of art
In old Alberto's daughter;
But when within thy wave she looks-
Which glistens then, and trembles-
Why, then, the prettiest of brooks
Her worshipper resembles;
For in his heart, as in thy stream,
Her image deeply lies-
His heart which trembles at the beam
Of her soul-searching eyes.
In these verses Edgar Allan Poe captures something of the elation we feel when we are near (or in!) a river. With rivers around the world under threat from pollution and climate change, we need to apreciate them more than ever. As well as providing water for the human race and habitats for some of the most amazing animals in the world, rivers also provide healing for the souls of those who visit them. The sights and sounds of rivers provide welcome relief from the grime and grind of modern urban life.
With that in mind, let us look at 10 of the biggest rivers in the world, and what makes them so special!
10) The Black Dragon
The Amur River (known locally as the "Black Dragon") is the 10th longest river in the world. It marks the historical boundary between Russia and China. The Amur River is an important symbol of, and geopolitical factor in, Chinese–Russian relations. The Amur be came especially prominent in the period of the Sino–Soviet political split of 1956-1966. The river is home to some pretty fearsome fish, including the kaluga, which can grow to over 5 metres in length!
9) Con-Go For It!
With an overall length of 4,700 km, the Congo-Lualaba-Chambeshi River system is the world's ninth-longest river! The Congo is the second longest river in Africa (the longest being the Nile), and it is the world's deepest recorded river, with measured depths of over 220 metres! The Congo River flows through the African countries Tanzania, Cameroon, Zambia, Angola, Zaire, and the Republic of Congo.
8) Pretty Big Parana!
The eighth longest river in the world is also the second longest in South America - the Parana! Running through Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, the river's total length is a whopping 4,880 kilometres! The river is dammed by the Itaipu Dam, which incorporates the second largest hydroelectric power plant in the world (following the Three Gorges Dam in the People's Republic of China). The Parana and its tributaries provide a source of income and daily sustenance for fishermen who live along its banks, who catch fish for local consumption and export. The Parana River delta also ranks as one of the world's greatest bird-watching destinations.
The seventh longest river in the world is the river Ob. The Ob's entire main course is within Russia, though its tributaries extend into Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia. The Ob provides irrigation, drinking water, hydroelectric energy, and fishing. There are several hydroelectric power plants along the Ob river, the largest being Novosibirskaya GES. The combined Ob-Irtysh system is 5,410 kilometres long.
6) Mellow Yellow
China's Yellow River starts in the Bayan Har Mountains of Western China, flows through nine provinces, and empties into the Bohai Sea near the city of Dongying. With an estimated length of 5,464 km, the Yellow River is the sixth longest river system in the world. Its basin in the east of the country was the birthplace of Chinese civilization. The adjective "yellow" describes the colour of the muddy water in the lower course of the river, which arises from soil being carried downstream.
5) I Say Yenisei!
The Yenisei river in Russia and Mongolia is the 5th longest river in the world. It flows through large and sparsley populated areas of Siberia. Imperial Russia placed river steamers on the huge river in an attempt to open up communication with land-locked Siberia. One boat was the SS St. Nicholas which took the future Tsar Nicholas II on his voyage to Siberia, and later took Lenin to prison!
4) More Than Just A Chocolate Cake
Starting at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and flowing for roughly 6,275 km to the Mississippi Delta in the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississipi River is one of the world's real giants! The river has played an important role in American history. Native Americans lived along the Mississippi River and its tributaries for thousands of years. Most were hunter-gatherers, but some, such as the Mound Builders, formed prolific agricultural societies. The arrival of Europeans in the 16th century changed the native way of life as first explorers, then settlers, ventured into the basin in increasing numbers. During the American Civil War, the Mississippi's capture by Union forces marked a turning point towards victory, due to the river's strategic importance to the Confederate war effort.
3) Way of the Dragon
The Yangtze river in China is the third longest river in the world, and the longest river in Asia. The Yangtze has played a major role in the history, culture and economy of China. For thousands of years, the river has been used for water, irrigation, sanitation, transportation, industry, boundary-marking and war. The prosperous Yangtze River Delta generates as much as 20% of the Chinas Gross Domestic Product.
2) The Boy From Brazil
At 6,400 km long the Amazon river is the second longest in the world. As well as Brazil, the Amazon also flows through Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana.
1) King of Egypt
At 6,650 km long, the Nile is the longest river in the world. It flows through a whopping 11 sovereign states (Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt). Historically the life source of ancient Egypt, the Nile is still the primary water resource for Egypt and Sudan.
Bonus: Inspirational Quotes Posters
The world's rivers are places of solace and sanctuary. They quench thirsty souls, and have inspired countless artists, poets and adventurers. With our inspirational quotes posters we too hope to inspire people to be creative and adventurous. Check out our Inspirational Quotes Collection and let us know what you think!