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World Drainage Basin High Points over 5000 m high

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Showing Petter Bjørstad's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (13 out of 37, or 35.14%)

RankDrainage BasinArea-SqKmPeak Elev-M CountryRange (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Amazon6,067,151Yerupajá6617PeruPeruvian Andes 
2.Caspian Sea3,304,259Elbrus5642RussiaCentral Caucasus2004-08-05
3.Nile3,120,127Mount Stanley5109Congo DRC/UgandaEast Rift Valley Ranges2010-01-04
4.Parana2,664,486Nevado de Cachi6380ArgentinaPuna de Atacama 
5.Yangtze1,745,204Gongga Shan7556ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges 
6.Ganges1,645,637Mount Everest8848China/NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya 
7.Aral Sea1,289,889Pik Ismail Samani7495TajikistanPamir 
8.Indus1,006,625K28614China/PakistanKarakoram 
9.Orinoco979,653Ritacuba Blanco5410ColombiaColombian Andes2012-01-12
10.Tarim He977,148K28614China/PakistanKarakoram 
11.Yukon852,151Mount McKinley6194United StatesAlaska Range2006-06-14
12.Huang He835,345Amnye Maqen6282ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges 
13.Jubba804,395Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Central Kenya 
14.Mekong803,785Kawagebo6740ChinaParallel Gorges Area 
15.Lake Balqash481,666Mramornaya Stepa6220China/KazakhstanCentral Tien Shan 
16.Colorado [Arg]404,358Aconcagua6962ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes2002-01-29
17.Salween271,227Sepu Kangri6956ChinaNyainqêntanglha Shan 
18.Magdalena262,351Pico Cristóbal Colón5776ColombiaNorth Colombia Coast 
19.East Africa Minor Lake Basins207,675Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania1994-10-14
20.Balsas113,199Volcán Popocatépetl5400MexicoCordillera Neovolcanica1979-01-02
21.Tana93,734Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Central Kenya 
22.Copper63,961Mount Logan5956CanadaSaint Elias Mountains2009-06-03
23.Susitna53,408Mount McKinley6194United StatesAlaska Range2006-06-14
24.Puna de Atacama44,544Ojos del Salado6893Argentina/ChilePuna de Atacama2011-01-08
25.Galana42,739Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania1994-10-14
26.Pangani38,616Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania1994-10-14
27.Copiapo18,702Cerro Azufre6052ChilePuna de Atacama 
28.Maipo15,193Cerro Tupungato6565Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
29.Santa11,786Nevado Huascarán6746PeruPeruvian Andes 
30.Huasco9,971Cerro del Toro6168Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
31.Elqui9,442Cerro los Olivares6216Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
32.Aconcagua7,303Cerro Juncal5950Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
33.Bering Glacier6,487Mount Saint Elias5489Canada/United StatesSaint Elias Mountains 
34.Malaspina Glacier5,650Mount Logan5956CanadaSaint Elias Mountains2009-06-03
35.Huaura5,154Santa Rosa5706PeruPeruvian Andes 
36.Pativilca4,658Yerupajá6617PeruPeruvian Andes 
37.Hubbard Glacier3,832Mount Logan-East Peak5898CanadaSaint Elias Mountains 

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List Description

This list is a work in progess and it is not complete. The goal is to list every primary basin (defined as a basin of a river that flows into the sea, plus logically-defined internal basins) that has a high point over 5000 meters. But there are many very small coastal rivers that drain high summits that I have not yet researched. The river that drains Orizaba in Mexico is perhaps the most glaring omission, but there are others in Chile and perhaps Asia where I have overlooked a basin.

Still, the list shows many of the high peaks of the world that are also primary drainage basin high points.

 


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