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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)Ascents
1.Ganges1,645,637Mount Everest8848China/NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya59
2.Tarim He977,148K28614Pakistan/ChinaKarakoram14
4.Yangtze1,745,204Gongga Shan7556ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges2
5.Aral Sea1,289,889Pik Ismail Samani7495TajikistanPamir3
5.Amu Darya583,993Pik Ismail Samani7495TajikistanPamir3
7.Colorado [Arg]403,980Aconcagua6962ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes195
8.Salween271,227Sepu Kangri6956ChinaNyainqêntanglha Shan0
9.Eastern Puna de Atacama45,504Ojos del Salado6893Chile/ArgentinaPuna de Atacama42
10.Santa11,926Nevado Huascarán6768PeruPeruvian Andes21
11.Mekong803,785Kawagebo6740ChinaParallel Gorges Area0
12.Amazon5,954,977Nevado Yerupajá6617PeruPeruvian Andes4
12.Pativilca4,421Nevado Yerupajá6617PeruPeruvian Andes4
14.Maipo15,205Cerro Tupungato6565Chile/ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes4
15.Parana2,644,925Nevado de Cachi6380ArgentinaPuna de Atacama3
16.Huang He835,345Amnye Maqen6282ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges0
17.Lake Balqash481,666Mramornaya Stepa6220Kazakhstan/ChinaCentral Tien Shan0
18.Elqui9,433Cerro los Olivares6216Chile/ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes1
19.Yukon861,461Denali6190United StatesAlaska Range221
19.Susitna52,164Denali6190United StatesAlaska Range221
21.Huasco9,771Cerro del Toro6168Chile/ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes1
22.Copiapo18,430Cerro Copiapó6052ChilePuna de Atacama2
23.Aconcagua7,327Cerro Juncal5965Chile/ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes1
24.Copper64,870Mount Logan5956CanadaSaint Elias Mountains32
24.Malaspina Glacier5,981Mount Logan5956CanadaSaint Elias Mountains32
26.Hubbard Glacier3,793Mount Logan-East Peak5898CanadaSaint Elias Mountains1
27.Pangani38,616Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania724
27.Galana42,739Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania724
27.Lake Amboseli9,143Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania724
27.East Africa Lake Basins207,675Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania724
31.Magdalena259,678Pico Cristóbal Colón5730ColombiaNorth Colombia Coast2
32.Huaura4,354Nevado Santa Rosa5655PeruPeruvian Andes0
33.Caspian Sea3,304,259Elbrus5642RussiaCentral Caucasus217
34.Bering Glacier7,074Mount Saint Elias5489United States/CanadaSaint Elias Mountains5
35.Balsas112,357Volcán Popocatépetl5413MexicoCordillera Neovolcanica47
36.Orinoco984,503Ritacuba Blanco5410ColombiaColombian Andes17
37.Jubba804,395Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Central Kenya34
37.Tana93,734Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Central Kenya34
39.Kura202,302Mount Ararat5137TurkeySoutheast Anatolia62
40.Nile3,120,127Mount Stanley5109Congo DRC/UgandaEast Rift Valley Ranges35

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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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