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Largest-Area Drainage Basin High Points

Basins with over 750,000 square kilometers

RankDrainage BasinArea-SqKmPeak Elev-M CountryRange (Level 2)Ascent Date
1.Ganges1,645,637Mount Everest8848China/NepalHimalaya 
2.Indus1,006,625K28614China/PakistanCentral Asia Ranges 
3.Yangtze1,745,204Gongga Shan7556ChinaTibet and Central China 
4.Mekong803,785Kawagebo6740ChinaTibet and Central China 
5.Amazon6,067,151Nevado Yerupajá6617PeruAndes 
6.Parana2,664,486Nevado de Cachi6380ArgentinaAndes 
7.Huang He835,345Amnye Maqen6282ChinaTibet and Central China 
8.Yukon852,151Mount McKinley6194United StatesAlaska-Yukon Ranges 
9.Orinoco979,653Ritacuba Blanco5410ColombiaAndes 
10.Jubba804,395Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Africa Mountains 
11.Nile3,120,127Mount Stanley5109Congo DRC/UgandaEast Africa Mountains 
12.Shatt-al-Arab907,730Zard Kuh4548IranZagros Mountains 
13.Congo3,710,814Volcan Karisimbi4519Rwanda/Congo DRCEast Africa Mountains 
14.Ob3,023,973Gora Belukha4506Kazakhstan/RussiaMongolia Ranges 
15.Mississippi3,240,794Mount Elbert4399United StatesRocky Mountains 
16.Danube799,041Piz Bernina4049SwitzerlandAlps 
17.Mackenzie1,778,099Mount Columbia3741CanadaRocky Mountains 
18.Nelson1,074,557Mount Forbes3617CanadaRocky Mountains 
19.Yenisey2,588,752Gora Ak-Oyuk3604RussiaMongolia Ranges 
20.Orange983,780Thabana Ntlenyana3482LesothoSouthern Africa 
21.Lena2,469,126Pik BAM3072RussiaBaikal Area Ranges 
22.Niger2,165,404Mont Oku3011CameroonWest Africa Mountains 
23.Zambezi1,391,359Sapitwa Peak3002MalawiSouthern Africa 
24.Amur2,060,295Paektu-san2744North Korea/ChinaKorea-Amur Area 
25.Murray1,067,522Mount Kosciuszko2228AustraliaGreat Dividing Range 
26.Tocantins765,821Chapada dos Veadeiros-Pico 16911691BrazilBrazilian Highlands 
27.St. Lawrence1,301,249Mount Marcy1629United StatesNorth America Plains 

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List Description

This list shows the 27 largest primary river basins in the world by area, all of which are over 750,000 square kilometers. Only basins of rivers that empty into the ocean are included--excluded are tributary basins of rivers that flow into other rivers, and internal drainage basins then end in a internal sea or dry depression. For example, the Missouri River Basin is not here, since the Missouri flows into the Mississippi; and the basin of the Caspian Sea or Volga River are not here, either, since they never flow into an ocean.

Of course, there are many unlisted river basins here with higher peaks than many of the peaks on this list. But those peaks are not in a large basin.

 


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