100 Unknown Facts About Rivers

Facts About Rivers: River is a natural stream of fresh water, usually formed by springs, glacial streams or natural changes, and then flows into the sea, ocean, lake or any other river or body of water. Sometimes rivers can dry up completely before reaching another water source.

Rivers can be called tributaries, tributaries, main rivers, rivers etc. according to their structure. Again, small rivers are called by different names depending on the geographical area. Generally, rivers are named after girls. According to M. Moriswa, the river is a canal flow.

100 Unknown Facts About Rivers

Unknown Facts About Rivers

  • We get drinking water from rivers
  • The start of a river is called the head
  • The end of the river is known as the mouth
  • The longest river in the USA is the Missouri River
  • There are nearly 20 rivers hidden underneath London
  • Some big cities are located near the banks of rivers
  • 26,500 Tombstones lay at the bottom of the Delaware River
  • Rivers are a source of recreational activities for humans.
  • The river Nile in Africa is the longest river in the world
  • A tributary is a river or stream that feeds another river.
  • 17 countries, including Saudi Arabia, don’t have any rivers
  • Small rivers can be also called streams, creeks, and brooks
  • A small river is sometimes referred to as a stream or creek.
  • There are over 250,000 rivers in the United States of America
  • There are 76 rivers in the world that are over 1,600 km long.
  • Rivers are fueled by precipitation (rain and snow) and/or snowmelt.
  • Cleveland, Ohio has set its Cuyahoga river on fire at least 13 times.
  • There is a perennial river named Merrica in New South Wales, Australia
  • Subterranean rivers flow underneath the ground in caverns or in caves.
  • Water pollution is a serious problem with many rivers around the world.

Facts About Rivers for Kids

  • The USA alone has 5,632,704 km or rivers. No way, that’s a crazy amount!
  • A river is a watercourse that flows into a lake or the ocean via gravity.
  • The water flowing through a river usually flows into the ocean or a lake.
  • Almost half of the water on the planet is drained into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The shortest river in the world is the Roe River with a length of 201 feet.
  • The Ganges, Yangtze and Indus rivers are the most polluted rivers on Earth.
  • Hudson River is so polluted, evolution occurs in it to cope with the toxins.
  • The longest river in the world is the Nile River with a length of 4,130 miles.
  • A few aquatic plant species common in rivers are cattails, bulrushes and algae.
  • Humans use rivers for fishing, swimming, boating and many other water activities.
  • The water in a river starts in a higher elevation and flows downwards to sea level.
  • A small river or creek that feeds another larger river is called a tributary river.
  • A few invertebrate species common in rivers are crayfish, insect larvae and snails.
  • A river that only flows at certain times of the year is called an intermittent river.
  • Rivers are an important part of the hydrological cycle, also known as the water cycle.
  • Many different types of fish, aquatic plants and invertebrates call a river their home.
  • The deepest river is the Congo River, with one section reaching a depth of over 700 feet.
  • The most polluted rivers on earth include the Indus River, the Yangtze River, and the Ganges River.
  • Some rivers are used to define borders between countries, like the Rio Grande River in North America.
  • The length of river can vary greatly, some are only a few hundred, while others are thousands of miles.

Facts About Rivers and Streams

  • A few fish species common in rivers are trout, crappie, bluegills and bass (largemouth and smallmouth).
  • Rivers around the world are home to a large variety of plants and animals and support entire ecosystems.
  • Of the top 8 largest rivers, by volume of water, the Amazon River is bigger than all the others combined.
  • One of the most polluted rivers in the world is the Ganges River, which flows through India and Bangladesh.
  • Diamonds were not originally mined. They were actually found alongside or at the bottom of rivers in India.
  • A river flows in a channel. The channel's bottom is called a bed, and the sides of the river are called banks.
  • The largest drainage basin in the world is the Amazon River's basin. It drains an area of 3,817,704 square miles.
  • In the early 1900s, engineers actually reversed the Chicago River’s flow. It still flows in the opposite direction.
  • There is a ‘ghost river’ that runs under Manhattan. Buildings were built with grates in basement, under which the river ran.
  • The Imjin River in South Korea is nicknamed ‘river of the dead’ because large numbers of dead North Koreans have floated down it.
  • The first bridge in the Amazon river system (over 6000 km long) over the Rio Negro opened on 10 October 2010 near Manaus, Brazil.
  • There is a water bridge across the river Elbe in Germany. It is 1km long, 34 meters wide and allows cargo ships to cross the river.
  • Rivers are often used for recreational activities such as swimming, sailing, rafting, canoeing, fishing, water skiing, and kayaking.
  • The longest river in the world is the Nile. The Amazon River in South America is the second longest river in the world at 4000 miles.

Geographical Facts About Rivers

  • The most expensive photo ever named Rhein II was auctioned off for $4.3 million. This photo of the Rhine river was mostly photoshopped.
  • Some rivers are fed from underground water sources that are released on the surface. These underground water sources are called springs.
  • There is evidence of an underground river 4 km beneath the Amazon that may be as long as the Amazon (6,000 km) and hundreds of times wider
  • Some dispute the Nile River is the longest river and claim it’s the Amazon River. The dispute is based on how the length of a river is measured.
  • El Paso, Texas is one of the safest big cities in America, despite being across the river from Juarez, one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
  • A river typically contains freshwater. However, as a river starts to approach a mouth that leads into the ocean the water composition will become brackish.
  • The depth of a river varies along its course. Some rivers may only be a few feet deep in one section, while in another section in can be hundreds of feet deep.
  • The Chocolate River in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory was made from real chocolate, water and cream and it actually spoiled quickly and left a foul smell
  • Some of the longest rivers in the world are: the Nile, the Amazon, the Yangtze, the Mississippi River System, Yenesei River, Yellow River, the Ob, and the Parana.
  • The mouth of Catatumbo River in Venezuela receives 280 lightning strikes per hour, for 10 hours per day, for up to 160 days a year. This has been going on for centuries.
  • Rivers are a source of drinking water for billions of humans. An example is the Colorado River in the United States of America. It supplys watere to more than 40 million people.
  • Rivers can be used to create electricity. An early method of harvesting energy from a river was a watermill. Today hydroelectric plants create energy for use by billions around the world.
  • A Slovenian man named Martin Strel has swum the complete lengths of the Danube River (Europe), the Mississippi River (USA), the Yangtze River (China), and the Amazon River (South America).
  • The full moon causes a tidal wave to roll up the Amazon river once a day and once a night for a period of only three weeks once a year, resulting in continuous 4m high waves that can be surfed for up to 13km.
  • The Mongols’ military tactics were so fierce that they would catapult diseased corpses over city walls to infect the population and even rerouted rivers after a city had fallen so that it could never rise again
  • At the point where freshwater from a river meets the salt water from an ocean or sea the two types of water mix. This water is called brackish water. Only certain types of fish and plants can live in this water.
  • Every year in the Mekong river in Thailand, hundreds of fireballs erupt from the surface of the water. Locals believe a mythical serpent called Naga spits fire from the water. The event is known as Naga fireballs.
  • The oldest river in the United States is actually named “The New River”. It runs through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. Some geologists believe that the Nile is the only river in the world that is older.
  • After the collapse of the South Sea company in 1720, which bankrupted many and severely affected the economy of England, a proposal was made in parliament to place bankers in sacks filled with snakes and throw them into the River Thames.
  • Do you know the difference between upstream and downstream? Well upstream means the direction that the water’s source comes from, for example, a mountain. Downstream means the direction that the water flows to get to its final destination.
  • One of the most powerful earthquakes recorded in US history, the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812, were so powerful that they reversed the flow of the Mississippi River, rang church bells in Boston, and cracked sidewalks in Washington D.C.
  • Throughout history the land along rivers have been popular sites for locating cities because they can supply water for many purposes such as food, drinking, irrigation, recreation and transportation. They are even used for creating energy today.
  • The Missouri River is the longest river in the United States at approximately 2340 miles. The Missouri River combines with the Mississippi River, and together they make up the longest North American river system of 3902 miles (still shorter than the Nile and Amazon rivers).
  • On January 15, 2009, a US Airways plane made an emergency landing on the Hudson River which runs through New York. The plane got hit by birds, but that awesome pilot managed to land the plane in the river and not one person lost their life. Wow, it seems rivers have another use!
  • Rivers are typically polluted from agricultural runoff and wastewater dumping. Since the water from a river typically dumps into the ocean, those same sources end up also polluting the ocean. One big source of pollutants in the ocean is the Mississippi River and the Hudson River.

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