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Rivers, Los Rios, Les Fleuves, 河, נהר Nehar, نهر Nahr, नदी Nadi, pека (reka)

by Kim Packard
Rivers, Los Rios, Les Fleuves, 河, נהר Nehar, نهر Nahr, नदी Nadi, pека (reka) by Kim Packard
Created December 2011 The Longest Rivers in the World 1. Nile- 4,135 miles (northern Africa) 2. Amazon- 3,980 miles (South America) 3. Yangtze (Yellow River) – 3,917 miles (China) 4. Mississippi- Missouri 3,870 miles (North America) 5. Yenesie 3,440 miles (Siberia) 6. Huang He- 3,395 miles (China) 7. Ob-Irtysh 3,354 miles (southern to northern Russia) 8. Congo- 2,914 miles (central Africa) 9. Amur- 2,744 miles (northeast Asia in Russia) 10. Lena- 2,728 miles (north through central Russia) Rivers in Europe Volga River (2,294 miles) Wikipedia: “The Volga (Russian: Волга, Tatar Cyrillic: Идел, Latin: İdel) is the largest river in… Read more

Created December 2011

The Longest Rivers in the World

1. Nile- 4,135 miles (northern Africa)
2. Amazon- 3,980 miles (South America)
3. Yangtze (Yellow River) – 3,917 miles (China)
4. Mississippi- Missouri 3,870 miles (North America)
5. Yenesie 3,440 miles (Siberia)
6. Huang He- 3,395 miles (China)
7. Ob-Irtysh 3,354 miles (southern to northern Russia)
8. Congo- 2,914 miles (central Africa)
9. Amur- 2,744 miles (northeast Asia in Russia)
10. Lena- 2,728 miles (north through central Russia)

Rivers in Europe


Volga River (2,294 miles) Wikipedia: “The Volga (Russian: Волга, Tatar Cyrillic: Идел, Latin: İdel) is the largest river in Europe in terms of length, discharge, and watershed. It flows through the western part of Russia, and is widely viewed as the national river of Russia. In fact, eleven out of the twenty largest cities of Russia, including its capital Moscow, are situated in the Volga basin. Some of the largest reservoirs in the world can be found along the Volga.”

Wikipedia- The Cradle of Civilization Links to Indus River, Yellow River, Tigris-Euphrates, Nile Valley, Indus Valley, etc. Excerpt: "The Chinese scholar Liang Qichao put forward a theory in 1900 that there were four great ancient civilizations in his verse essay, The Pacific Ocean in the 20th Century (二十世纪太平洋歌). The four civilizations were ancient China, Babylon, ancient India and ancient Egypt. Liang Qichao divided the history of the world into three ages: “river age”, “sea age”, and “ocean age”. The four great civilizations were in the river age and all of them developed along rivers. The view of Liu Yizheng is that before “river age” there was a “mountain age”. However, not all civilizations experienced “mountain age”. It is influenced by geographical environment. The original Chinese civilization came from “mountain age” and then expanded to vast river valley. For civilizations on islands or near seashores, the conditions are different."


Rigvedic Rivers Ganga, being the Ganges River (1,569 miles)


Jordan River (156 miles) Jordan Rift Valley “This geographic region includes the Jordan River, Jordan Valley, Hula Valley, Lake Tiberias and the Dead Sea, the lowest land elevation on Earth. The valley continues to the Red Sea, incorporating Arabah and the shorelines of the Gulf of Aqaba.”

Poem – The Way to the River

By W. S. Merwin

The way to the river leads past the names of
Ash the sleeves the wreaths of hinges
Through the song of the bandage vendor

I lay your name by my voice
As I go

The way to the river leads past the late
Doors and the games of the children born looking backwards
They play that they are broken glass
The numbers wait in the halls and the clouds
Call
From windows
They play that they are old they are putting the horizon
Into baskets they are escaping they are
Hiding

I step over the sleepers the fires the calendars
My voice turns to you

I go past the juggler’s condemned building the hollow
Windows gallery
Of invisible presidents the same motion in them all
In a parked cab by the sealed wall the hats are playing
Sort of poker with somebody’s

Old snapshots game I don’t understand they lose
The rivers one
After the other I begin to know where I am
I am home

Be here the flies from the house of the mapmaker
Walk on our letters I can tell
And the days hang medals between us
I have lit our room with a glove of yours be
Here I turn
To your name and the hour remembers
Its one word
Now

Be here what can we
Do for the dead the footsteps full of money
I offer you what I have my
Poverty

To the city of wires I have brought home a handful
Of water I walk slowly
In front of me they are building the empty
Ages I see them reflected not for long
Be here I am no longer ashamed of time it is too brief its hands
Have no names
I have passed it I know

Oh Necessity you with the face you with All the faces

This is written on the back of everything

But we
Will read it together

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