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World Drainage Basin High Points over 5000 m high

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RankDrainage BasinArea-SqMiPeak Elev-Ft
(Opt)
CountryRange (Level 3)
18.Yukon329,016Mount McKinley20,320United StatesAlaska Range
18.Susitna20,621Mount McKinley20,320United StatesAlaska Range
6.Colorado [Arg]156,123Aconcagua22,841ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes
13.Maipo5,866Cerro Tupungato21,539Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes
17.Elqui3,646Cerro los Olivares20,394Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes
20.Huasco3,850Cerro del Toro20,236Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes
24.Aconcagua2,820Cerro Juncal19,521Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes
31.Caspian Sea1,275,775Elbrus18,510RussiaCentral Caucasus
1.Ganges635,381Mount Everest29,029China/NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya
16.Lake Balqash185,971Mramornaya Stepa20,407China/KazakhstanCentral Tien Shan
34.Orinoco378,244Ritacuba Blanco17,749ColombiaColombian Andes
33.Balsas43,706Volcán Popocatépetl17,783MexicoCordillera Neovolcanica
35.Jubba310,577Mount Kenya17,057KenyaEast Central Kenya
35.Tana36,191Mount Kenya17,057KenyaEast Central Kenya
37.Nile1,204,682Mount Stanley16,762Congo DRC/UgandaEast Rift Valley Ranges
2.Indus388,658K228,261China/PakistanKarakoram
2.Tarim He377,277K228,261China/PakistanKarakoram
29.Magdalena101,294Pico Cristóbal Colón18,950ColombiaNorth Colombia Coast
26.Pangani14,910Kilimanjaro19,341TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania
26.Galana16,502Kilimanjaro19,341TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania
26.East Africa Minor Lake Basins80,183Kilimanjaro19,341TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania
7.Salween104,721Sepu Kangri22,822ChinaNyainqêntanglha Shan
5.Aral Sea498,027Pik Ismail Samani24,590TajikistanPamir
10.Mekong310,342Kawagebo22,113ChinaParallel Gorges Area
9.Santa4,551Nevado Huascarán22,133PeruPeruvian Andes
11.Amazon2,342,529Yerupajá21,709PeruPeruvian Andes
11.Pativilca1,798Yerupajá21,709PeruPeruvian Andes
30.Huaura1,990Santa Rosa18,720PeruPeruvian Andes
8.Puna de Atacama17,198Ojos del Salado22,615Argentina/ChilePuna de Atacama
14.Parana1,028,759Nevado de Cachi20,932ArgentinaPuna de Atacama
21.Copiapo7,221Cerro Azufre19,856ChilePuna de Atacama
22.Copper24,695Mount Logan19,541CanadaSaint Elias Mountains
22.Malaspina Glacier2,181Mount Logan19,541CanadaSaint Elias Mountains
25.Hubbard Glacier1,479Mount Logan-East Peak19,350CanadaSaint Elias Mountains
32.Bering Glacier2,505Mount Saint Elias18,008Canada/United StatesSaint Elias Mountains
4.Yangtze673,824Gongga Shan24,790ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges
15.Huang He322,527Amnye Maqen20,610ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges

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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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