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World Drainage Basin High Points over 5000 m high

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RankDrainage BasinArea-SqKmPeak Elev-M CountryRange (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Amazon6,067,151Yerupajá6617PeruPeruvian Andes 
2.Caspian Sea3,304,259Elbrus5642RussiaCentral Caucasus 
3.Nile3,120,127Mount Stanley5109Congo DRC/UgandaEast Rift Valley Ranges 
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 Andes 
10.Tarim He977,148K28614China/PakistanKarakoram 
11.Yukon852,151Mount McKinley6194United StatesAlaska Range 
12.Huang He835,345Amnye Maqen6282ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges 
13.Jubba804,395Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Central Kenya 
14.Mekong803,785Kawagebo6740ChinaParallel Gorges Area 
15.Lake Balqash481,666Mramornaya Stepa6400China/KazakhstanCentral Tien Shan 
16.Colorado [Arg]404,358Aconcagua6962ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
17.Salween271,227Sepu Kangri6956ChinaNyainqêntanglha Shan 
18.Magdalena262,351Pico Cristóbal Colón5776ColombiaNorth Colombia Coast 
19.East Africa Minor Lake Basins207,675Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania2007
20.Balsas113,199Volcán Popocatépetl5400MexicoCordillera Neovolcanica 
21.Tana93,734Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Central Kenya 
22.Copper63,961Mount Logan5956CanadaSaint Elias Mountains 
23.Susitna53,408Mount McKinley6194United StatesAlaska Range 
24.Puna de Atacama44,544Ojos del Salado6893Argentina/ChilePuna de Atacama 
25.Galana42,739Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania2007
26.Pangani38,616Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania2007
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 Mountains 
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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