The Unique Qualities of the Largest Rivers in the World

Nature is terrifyingly, awe-inspiringly huge. That much is clear even for those of us who live a metropolitan life completely detached from it. Even so, it never hurts to remind ourselves just how expansive and vast nature truly is. On that note, here are some of the largest rivers in the world and some of the traits that make them unique.

The Nile River

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The time-honored river of the Nile is the longest river in the world, spanning a whopping 4,137 miles in length.  That’s longer than the distance between the east and west coasts, which is 3,527 miles at best.  Seeing as most early Mesopatnian civilization (Ancient Egypt, Carthage, and so on) were founded on the Nile river, which served as their lifeline, it boasts an honorable reputation reserved only for the places as old as human civilization itself.