Is the Amazon longer than the Nile?

The prospect of categorizing large rivers of the world was more difficult than one might imagine because of standing controversy regarding lengths of the supposed longest rivers of the world.

Rivers are meandering in nature, changing shape, with tributaries that may be disputed as part of the original waterways. This list compiled on Wikipedia is great because it groups large river systems by length including the tributaries. Maybe, in the future, satellite images from space could be analyzed for an accurate portrayal of river length.

Other compilations have differing views that list tributaries separately or highlight disputed tributaries. Now, geographers say, Is the Amazon longer than the Nile?

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