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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 Himalaya58
2.Tarim He977,148K28614China/PakistanKarakoram14
4.Yangtze1,745,204Gongga Shan7556ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges2
5.Aral Sea1,289,889Pik Ismail Samani7495TajikistanPamir3
6.Colorado [Arg]403,980Aconcagua6962ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes181
7.Salween271,227Sepu Kangri6956ChinaNyainqêntanglha Shan0
8.Eastern Puna de Atacama45,504Ojos del Salado6893Argentina/ChilePuna de Atacama35
9.Santa11,926Nevado Huascarán6768PeruPeruvian Andes20
10.Mekong803,785Kawagebo6740ChinaParallel Gorges Area0
11.Amazon5,954,977Nevado Yerupajá6617PeruPeruvian Andes4
11.Pativilca4,421Nevado Yerupajá6617PeruPeruvian Andes4
13.Maipo15,205Cerro Tupungato6565Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes3
14.Parana2,644,925Nevado de Cachi6380ArgentinaPuna de Atacama2
15.Huang He835,345Amnye Maqen6282ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges0
16.Lake Balqash481,666Mramornaya Stepa6220China/KazakhstanCentral Tien Shan0
17.Elqui9,433Cerro los Olivares6216Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes0
18.Yukon861,461Denali6190United StatesAlaska Range217
18.Susitna52,164Denali6190United StatesAlaska Range217
20.Huasco9,771Cerro del Toro6168Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes1
21.Copiapo18,430Cerro Copiapó6052ChilePuna de Atacama2
22.Copper64,870Mount Logan5956CanadaSaint Elias Mountains31
22.Malaspina Glacier5,981Mount Logan5956CanadaSaint Elias Mountains31
24.Aconcagua7,327Cerro Juncal5950Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes1
25.Hubbard Glacier3,793Mount Logan-East Peak5898CanadaSaint Elias Mountains1
26.Pangani38,616Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania681
26.Galana42,739Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania681
26.East Africa Minor Lake Basins207,675Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania681
29.Magdalena259,678Pico Cristóbal Colón5730ColombiaNorth Colombia Coast2
30.Huaura4,354Nevado Santa Rosa5655PeruPeruvian Andes0
31.Caspian Sea3,304,259Elbrus5642RussiaCentral Caucasus206
32.Bering Glacier7,074Mount Saint Elias5489Canada/United StatesSaint Elias Mountains5
33.Balsas112,357Volcán Popocatépetl5413MexicoCordillera Neovolcanica44
34.Orinoco984,503Ritacuba Blanco5410ColombiaColombian Andes17
35.Jubba804,395Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Central Kenya31
35.Tana93,734Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Central Kenya31
37.Nile3,120,127Mount Stanley5109Congo DRC/UgandaEast Rift Valley Ranges34

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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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