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World Drainage Basin High Points over 5000 m high

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Showing Dick Ellsworth's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (3 out of 37, or 8.11%)

RankDrainage BasinArea-SqMiPeak Elev-Ft CountryRange (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Amazon2,342,529Yerupajá21,709PeruPeruvian Andes 
2.Caspian Sea1,275,775Elbrus18,510RussiaCentral Caucasus 
3.Nile1,204,682Mount Stanley16,762Congo DRC/UgandaEast Rift Valley Ranges 
4.Parana1,028,759Nevado de Cachi20,932ArgentinaPuna de Atacama 
5.Yangtze673,824Gongga Shan24,790ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges 
6.Ganges635,381Mount Everest29,029China/NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya 
7.Aral Sea498,027Pik Ismail Samani24,590TajikistanPamir 
8.Indus388,658K228,261China/PakistanKarakoram 
9.Orinoco378,244Ritacuba Blanco17,749ColombiaColombian Andes 
10.Tarim He377,277K228,261China/PakistanKarakoram 
11.Yukon329,016Mount McKinley20,320United StatesAlaska Range1984-06-08
12.Huang He322,527Amnye Maqen20,610ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges 
13.Jubba310,577Mount Kenya17,057KenyaEast Central Kenya 
14.Mekong310,342Kawagebo22,113ChinaParallel Gorges Area 
15.Lake Balqash185,971Mramornaya Stepa20,407China/KazakhstanCentral Tien Shan 
16.Colorado [Arg]156,123Aconcagua22,841ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
17.Salween104,721Sepu Kangri22,822ChinaNyainqêntanglha Shan 
18.Magdalena101,294Pico Cristóbal Colón18,950ColombiaNorth Colombia Coast 
19.East Africa Minor Lake Basins80,183Kilimanjaro19,341TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania 
20.Balsas43,706Volcán Popocatépetl17,717MexicoCordillera Neovolcanica1982-12
21.Tana36,191Mount Kenya17,057KenyaEast Central Kenya 
22.Copper24,695Mount Logan19,541CanadaSaint Elias Mountains 
23.Susitna20,621Mount McKinley20,320United StatesAlaska Range1984-06-08
24.Puna de Atacama17,198Ojos del Salado22,615Argentina/ChilePuna de Atacama 
25.Galana16,502Kilimanjaro19,341TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania 
26.Pangani14,910Kilimanjaro19,341TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania 
27.Copiapo7,221Cerro Azufre19,856ChilePuna de Atacama 
28.Maipo5,866Cerro Tupungato21,539Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
29.Santa4,551Nevado Huascarán22,133PeruPeruvian Andes 
30.Huasco3,850Cerro del Toro20,236Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
31.Elqui3,646Cerro los Olivares20,394Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
32.Aconcagua2,820Cerro Juncal19,521Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
33.Bering Glacier2,505Mount Saint Elias18,008Canada/United StatesSaint Elias Mountains 
34.Malaspina Glacier2,181Mount Logan19,541CanadaSaint Elias Mountains 
35.Huaura1,990Santa Rosa18,720PeruPeruvian Andes 
36.Pativilca1,798Yerupajá21,709PeruPeruvian Andes 
37.Hubbard Glacier1,479Mount Logan-East Peak19,350CanadaSaint 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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