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World Drainage Basin High Points over 5000 m high

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RankDrainage BasinArea-SqMiPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
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 Range 
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 Stepa20,997China/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 Popocatépetl17,750MexicoCordillera Neovolcanica 
21.Tana36,191Mount Kenya17,057KenyaEast Central Kenya 
22.Copper24,695Mount Logan19,541CanadaSaint Elias Mountains 
23.Susitna20,621Mount McKinley20,320United StatesAlaska Range 
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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