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Amazon: World's Largest River by Discharge

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Amazon

Fabio Knoll

The mighty Amazon River is the king of rivers.  At 6.4k km (4k mi.) in length, it's either #1 or #2 in length depending on definition.  Measured by discharge, it's not even close: the Amazon pumps an average of over 200k cubic meters (over 7 million cubic feet) of water into the Atlantic Ocean every second, roughly 5x its closest competitor.  Award winning contributor and drone pilot Fabio Knoll is a native of Brazil; his aerial video showcasing this spectacular natural resource is magnificent.

Yangtze: China's Longest River

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Yangtze, the Longest River in Asia

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China's Yangtze River is the longest in Asia and third longest in the world.  Rising in the highlands of Tibet, it runs over 6.3k km (just under 4k mi.) to discharge into the East China Sea at the great city of Shanghai, the world's busiest port.  More than any individual city, this mighty river is the very heart of China.  In this video, contributor Mamitagadventures flies a DJI Mavic Pro drone over the great waterway, giving us bird's eye views of Shibaozhai Pagoda Temple, Chongquing, Yichang, and more.

Ganges: Sacred River of India

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Dronie from the Ganga (Ganges) River, Uttarakhand

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The great Ganges (Ganga) River is amongst the 3-4 most important rivers in the world, although in terms of length it's a distant #35 at just over 2.5km (1.56 mi.).  It rises in the Himalaya's and runs through the North Indian Plain before breaking into distributories that empty into the Bay of Bengal. Passing through the most holy sites in Hinduism, it's considered sacred in the third largest religion.  In this video, you'll get an aerial look at the river nearer its source, compliments of contributor Miapvideos.

Danube: Europe's Second-Longest River

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Danube Blues

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Contributor Axlfro created this beautiful DVOW nominated video from a trip down the Danube River, the second-longest waterway in Europe after the Volga River.  The video feaures footage from the upper half of the 2.85k km (almost 1.8k km) river.  This portion of the river includes territory in Germany (where the river rises, in the Black Forest), through Austria and into Hungary.  The mighty river passes through (or borders) four other countries before discharging into the Black Sea in Romania.  

Brahmaputra: River of Bangladesh

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Mahabahu Brahmaputra

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The Brahmaputra is one of the three great rivers of southern Asia, along with the Ganges and the Indus.  It rises in Tibet and flows through great stretches of northeastern India before entering Bangladesh, where it merges with one of the two main Ganges distributaries and thereafter forms the great Ganges Delta. At 3.8k km (2.4k mi.), it's the world's fifteenth longest river.  In this drone video by Cpborgohain, you'll get an epic drone's eye view of this magnificent waterway flowing through the Indian state of Assam. 

Indus: Pakistan's Most Important River

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Cruising the Indus River in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Contributor Imrankw created this aerial view of a spot on the Indus River in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of northern Pakistan.  The Indus is one of Asia's most important waterways, comparable in importance to Pakistan as the Ganges is to India.  Like the Ganges, it rises in the highlands of Tibet.  After running through a portion of northwestern India, the remainder of its almost 3.2k km (just under 2k mi.) course is through Pakistan,  where it discharges into the Arabian Sea.  

Russia's Volga River

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Volga Alpen

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It would be hard to overstate the importance of the Volga River to Russia.  Europe's longest river runs almost entirely within the borders of Russia, from a source in the hills in the northwestern part of the country to the Caspian Sea.  The majority of the country's largest cities sit on the river or its tributaries, a geographic fact which is tied closely to the arc of Russian history.  In this drone video by Exclusive Login, you'll get an aerial view of the mighty waterway around its midpoint, and in all seasons.  

Dneiper: Waterway of Kiev

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Adrift on the Dneiper River

Antonio Esteban Gonsalez

The Ukrainian capital Kiev is closely tied to the Dneiper River on which it sits.   Kiev sits roughly midway down the 2.2k km (1.36k mi.) river, Europe's fourth longest .  The Dneiper rises near Smolensk in western Russia and empties into the Black Sea to the south.  Along the way, it provides enough hydropower to generate about 10% of the Ukraine's electricity needs.  In this video, you'll get a nice bird's eye view of the mighty river in winter, compliments of contributor Anthony Esteban Gonsales.

Rhine: Great River of Europe

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Germany's Rhineland by Drone

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Contributor Marckcure gives us this beautiful aerial look at the Middle Rhine River in Wesern Germany. The Rhine is one of the most important waterways in Europe, belying its modest length of about 1.2k km (about 735 mi.).  It rises in Germany's Black Forest as the High Rhine, meanders through parts of France and Switzerland as the Upper Rhine, runs north through much of western Germany as the Middle, then shifts to the northwest, discharging into the North Sea in the Netherlands.  

Orinoco: River of Venezuela

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Edición XXVI Paso a nado del Río Orinoco y Río Caroní

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While the Amazon is South America's mightiest river, the Orinoco is a very close second.  This waterway runs over 2.1k km (about 1.3k mi) through Colombia and Venezuela, discharging an average of 37k cubic meters of water (over 1.3 million cu ft.) into the Atlantic every second.  By average discharge, it's the world's #3 river.  DJIVzla Drone gives us this epic aerial view of this mighty river in its primary country Venezuela, where the Orinoco plays a role analogous to the Amazon in Brazil. 

Mekong: River of Indochina

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Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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The Mekong River is one of the world's most important waterways, and with a length of about 4.4k km (about 2.7k mi), it's one of the dozen longest rivers.  It rises in Tibet and runs down the southeast side of the Indochina Peninsula, discharging into the South China Sea in Vietnam.  Its valleys and those of its tributaries feed hundreds of millions.  Benandstories created this awesome drone video of the river near its mounth, on the Mekong Delta near Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).  

Pearl: River of Southern China

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Pearl River Delta: Over the Hong Kong Border

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In this amazing aerial video by contributor Droneland, you'll get a tour-by-drone of China's great Pearl River Delta.  The estuary of China's third largest river is home to over a hundred million people and for decades has been one of the world's most important economic regions.  The area explored is that beyond (inland) from Hong Kong, which sits at the northern mouth of the river's mouth.  This is Guangzhou Province, whose largest cities (Guangzhou and Shenzen) are amongst the largest in the country.  

Mississippi: America's Greatest River

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Mississippi River Flight

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Rickrayfilms created this beautiful aerial mini tour of the lower Mississippi River, generally considered the USA's greatest waterway.  It rises in northern Minnesota and runs about 3.7k km (2.3k mi.) through the country's mid-section, discharging into the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans.   It's the USA's largest river by discharge.  Length-wise, strictly speaking it's not as long as its Missouri River tributary, but using a convention of counting the Missouri it's the fourth longest in the world.  

St. Lawrence: North America's Discharge Leader

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Le Fleuve St-Laurent

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Canada's St. Lawerence River is the country's most important waterway.  It provides the connection between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, and is also an immense source of hydroelectricity for Canada and the United States.  Only 500 km (just over 300 mi.) long, it's North America's largest river by discharge volume, and it created the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the largest river estuary in the world.  Contributor Dizfilms created this epic aerial tour of this mighty seaway.   

Loire: River of France

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The Loire Valley by Drone

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The Loire is the longest waterway in France, a country known in part for its rivers.  Running entirely within France's borders, it stretches a total of just over 1k km (about 630 miles), rising in Central France and discharging into the Atlantic Ocean at the Bay of Biscay.  It runs through the very heart of historical France; the Loire Valley includes hallowed towns such as Orleans, Tour, and Nantes, as well as many of France's most famous chateaus, such as as Chenonceau and Chambord.

Lena River: Draining Siberia

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Siberian Flights: Along the Lena River

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Contributor Adrianotrapani created this magnificent video from western Siberia in Russia.  It was shot in a district of the Irkust Oblast, which lies just to the west of Lake Baikal.  The video was shot along the Lena River, one of the three great rivers which drain Siberia into the Arctic Sea.  Drawing from the same watershed as Lake Baikal (the world's largest freshwater lake measured by water volume), the Lena runs over 4.3k mi. (almost 2.7k mi.), forming a giant delta north of the Arctic Circle.  

Zambezi: River of Sub-Saharan Africa

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Victoria Falls Zimbabwe-Zambia Mosi-oa-Tunya 1700m

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The Zambezi river in southern Africa is almost 2.6k km (1.6k mi.) long, making it the fourth longest river on the continent.  It rises in Zambia and flows through three other countries before reaching Zambia again on its border with Zimbabwe where Victoria Falls, the river's most notable feature, is located.  In this video, contributor FredD flew his drone over the mighty river as it courses through the mighty waterfall, creating a masterpiece from the visuals of the water rushing downriver.  

Columbia: River of America's Pacific Northwest

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Columbia River Gorge

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Oregon Skywalker created this beautiful drone video shot on the Columbia River, unquestionably the most important in western North America.  It drains a huge section of the mountains of the USA's Pacific Northwest and Canada's British Columbia province, running 2k km (1.24k mi.) before discharging into the Pacific Ocean in Oregon.  The third largest purely USA river by discharge volume, it supplies the region with some of its top tourist spots as well as most of its electricity.  

Missouri: Mighty Mississippi Tributary

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Pierre, South Dakota: Missouri River Town

North Skye Aerial Imaging

Contrary to what many believe, the Mississippi is technically not the USA's longest river.  That title belongs to the Missouri River, which runs over 3.7k km (over 2.3k mi.) before joining the Mississippi in St. Louis, Missouri.  Over its course, towns and cities in ten different states owe their existence to the mighty waterway.  In this drone video by North Sky Aerial Imaging, you'll get a bird's eye look at the river as it flows through one of these cities, the South Dakota state capital of Pierre. 

Ohio: Draining the USA's Appalachians

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Aerial Drone Footage | Ohio River Bridge East End Crossing | 4K |

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The Ohio River is one of the USA's most important waterways.  It arises from the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, draining a large portion of the Appalachians and flowing almost 1.6k km (just under 1k mi.) to join the Mississippi in Cairo, Illinois.  While it's not as long as the Missouri River, it is the largest Mississippi tributary by discharge.  VizionAir used a drone to aerially film a new bridge over the great river near Louisville, Kentucky.    

Spain's Ebro River

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Catalonia Delta de l'Ebre || Mavic Pro + GoPRo Cinematic

Karl Veca

The Ebro River is the most important waterway in Spain.  It drains much of the mountainous are in the northern part of the country, running 930 km (a bit under 600 mi.) to a discharge point into the Mediterranean in Catalonia, south of Terragona.  If you look at a map of the lower river, you'll see where the term "river delta" comes from; the area of land around the mouth makes an almost perfect triangle.  In this video, you'll get an aerial view of the Ebro Delta, compliments of contrbutor Karl Veca. 

Colorado: Great River of the American West

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The Mighty Colorado River

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The Colorado River is one of the principal waterways of western North America.  It rises in the Rocky Mountains, and runs over 2.3k km to discharge into the Gulf of California in northern Mexico.  Its course carved out some of the world's most well known canyons, including the Grand Canyon and the Black Canyon, the site of Hoover Dam.  In this video, you'll get a great aerial view of the river flowing through Moab in southern Utah, compliments of PK Productions.

France's River Rhône

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Over the Rhône - DJI MAVIC PRO

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The Rhône is the most important river of Southern France.  While it isn't quite as long as the Loire River, it is easily the country's largest by discharge volume.  The river rises in the Alps and flows westwards and southwards, eventually splitting into two rivers (the Great Rhône and Little Rhône) and creating a large delta in the Comarge region before ending in the Mediterranean.  In this drone video by contributor Najibk, you'll get a look at the mighty waterway as it makes its way through the countryside. 

Dvina: River of Russia and Belarus

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Fog over the Dvina River

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The Dvina River, also called the Daugava, is an important river in Eastern Europe.  It begins in Russia and runs a course of just over 1.0k km (620 mi.) through Belarus and Latvia before discharging into the Baltic Sea at the Gulf of Riga.   Historically, the river played an important defensive role given the lack of other natural defenses on the approaches to Moscow.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of the river near the Belarus town of Vtibesk, compliments of contributor Onekit.  

Orange: South Africa's National Waterway

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Dronie from a Kayak on the Orange River

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Contributor and drone-explorer extraordinaire brings us this epic pull-out shot taken on the longest river in southern Africa.  The Orange River sources from the Drakensberg mountains and runs most of its 2.2 km (1,4k mi.) course westwards through South Africa, serving as its northern border with Namibia before discharging into the South Atlantic Ocean.  It is considered one of South Africa's greatest natural resources, supplying vast amounts of irrigation and hydropower to the region's most populous country.

Poland's Vistula River

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Poland Kazimierz Dolny

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The Vistula River is Poland's most important waterway.  Rising in the Carpathians and emptying into the Baltic Sea, it runs a bit over 1k km (around 650 mi.) on a generally northerly course that's entirely within Polish territory.  Passing through some of Poland's most important cities, it also has long stretches dotted with beautiful small, often historically important, towns.  In this drone video by artusam, you'll get an aerial view of one of them: Kazimierz Dolny, in the (southeastern) Lublin Voivodeship.  

Dneister: River of Eastern Europe

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The Dneister River in Winter

Lens Flare

Contributor Lens Flare used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this video of a town on the bend of the Dneister River, an important waterway in Eastern Europe.  The town is Roghi, in the eastern part of Moldova.  The river originates in Ukraine, and runs a nearly 1.4k km (846 mi.) generally southward course and discharging into the Black Sea.  In between, it runs through eastern Moldova, in certain areas serving as the border between the two countries, before crossing back into Ukraine.  

New York's Hudson River

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Autumn Foliage in New York's Hudson Valley

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The Hudson River is most closely associated with its end-point in the harbor of New York City.  Its upstream sections are far less well known.  Originating with runoff from the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, the great river runs a course of just over 500 km (315 mi.).  It's divided into an Upper Hudson and Lower Hudson, the divider being Federal Dam in Troy.  In this video by Utcinema, you'll get a bird's eye view of the valley of the Lower Hudson, at the height of the Fall season.  

The Don River in Southern Russia

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Chasing Racing Boats with FPV, Rostov-on-Don

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Here's an amazing FPV video of a boat race on the Don River in southern Russia from contributor and FPV pilot D3nzlFPV.  It's a great example of the power of racing drones to film subjects which are simply moving too fast for gimbal-stabilized camera drones.  The filming scene is near the city of Rostov-on-Don, a port city near the mouth of the mighty Don River in Russia's Southern Federated District.  The Don is one of the most important waterways in southern Russia.  

The Ural: Europe's Third Longest River

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Foggy Morning

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The Ural River is the third longest river in Europe, after the Volga and the Danube.  It rises in the Ural Mountains in Russia, then passes through a portion of western Kazakhstan before discharging into the great Caspian Sea.  It's an immensely important natural resource to Kazakhstan, much of which is covered by desert.  In this drone video by contributor sekl, you'll get a bird's eye view of the great waterway as it meanders its way through Kazakhstan, the world's largest landlocked country.   

Portugal's Douro River

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The Douro

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The Douro River is one of the major waterways on the Iberian Peninsula; it's the third-longest after the Ebro and the Tagus.  The Douro rises in northern Spain and runs a course of just under 900 km (around 550 mi.), emptying into the Atlantic in the Portuguese city of Porto.  For about a fifth of its run it forms the national boundary between Portugal and Spain.  With 15 dams, it's also a significant source of hydropower.  In this drone video, you'll see a stretch of the river as it runs through Portugal's wine country.  

The Meuse River in the Netherlands

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The Meuse | Netherlands Drone Video - Europe in 4K

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Contributor NTG Drone created this beautiful drone video of a spot on the Meuse River in the Netherlands.  The river rises in northern France, flows north through Begium and into the Netherlands, where it flows through the Rhine/Scheldt Delta before emptying into the North Sea.  The river has played an extremely important role in military conflicts in the region for centuries; major battles of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1 as well as both World Wars were fought on its banks.  

The Marne River, France

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AY et les méandres de la Marne - DLVP HEVC 4K

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The Marne River is one of the main waterways of north-central France.  It rises on the Langres Plateau and flows in a generally westward direction to a confluence with the Seine River southeast of Paris, running a course of about 515 km (310 mi.).  It's one of a series of rivers which historically served to protect the French capital city from invasion, most famously so during the Battle of Marne in September, 1914.  In this drone video by power falcon, you'll get a bird's eye view of a meander in the river in the Champagne region.  

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